Tomorrow, Thursday, February 18, 2016, 56 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 21.4%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Horizon Technology Finance

Owners of

Horizon Technology Finance

(NASDAQ:

HRZN

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $10.09 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 14.3%.

The average volume for Horizon Technology Finance has been 78,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Horizon Technology Finance has a market cap of $112.1 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 14.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Horizon Technology Finance Corporation, a specialty finance company, lends to and invests in development-stage companies in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.89.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Horizon Technology Finance

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, unimpressive growth in net income and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Horizon Technology Finance Ratings Report

now.

NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund

Owners of

NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund

(NYSE:

NHF

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 24 cents per share. At a price of $17.63 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 16.4%.

The average volume for NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund has been 93,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. NexPoint Credit Strategies Fund has a market cap of $280.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Goldman Sachs MLP and Energy Renaissance Fu

Owners of

Goldman Sachs MLP and Energy Renaissance Fu

(NYSE:

GER

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $4.62 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 15.6%.

The average volume for Goldman Sachs MLP and Energy Renaissance Fu has been 775,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Shares are down 20.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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More About Dividends:

One benefit of owning a stock is the potential that you will be paid a dividend. The distribution of dividend payments is another way for a company to share its profit with you. A dividend means that the company pays you a certain amount of money, either as a one-time payment or more commonly on a quarterly basis, for each share of stock you own.

Many times, dividends come at the expense of greater price appreciation, because the company is distributing its profits to shareholders rather than reinvesting the profits back into the growth of the company. However, companies that pay dividends can be very attractive to investors when they offer a steady stream of income. There are some important terms and dates an investor should be familiar with before purchasing any dividend-paying companies. Let's work through an example to help better explain some of these terms:

On March 1, ABC Widget Company has decided that because it holds excess cash and lacks investment opportunities, it would like to reward shareholders with a regular quarterly dividend payment. The date for this particular announcement is known as the declaration date. It is on this date that the company announces the specific dividend payment along with the holder-of-record date (aka record date) and the payment date. The company announces that a dividend payment of 25 cents per share will be payable March 31, 2012 (the payment date) to all shareholders of record at the close of business on March 16, 2012 (holder-of-record date). What does this all mean? Well the short story is that the company looks at its records on March 16 and anyone listed on the books as an owner of ABC Widget company will be eligible for the dividend payment (on March 31).

The one other important term to remember is the ex-dividend date. The ex-dividend date (typically two trading days before the holder-of-record date for U.S. securities) is the day in which a company begins trading without the dividend. In order to have a claim on a dividend, shares must be purchased no later than the last business day before the ex-dividend date. A company trading ex-dividend will have the upcoming dividend subtracted from the share price at the start of the trading day. Many times, the price of a stock will increase in anticipation of the upcoming dividend as the ex-dividend date approaches, yet will fall back by the amount of the dividend on the ex-dividend date.