Tuesday, Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 166 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 17.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tuesday:

America First Multifamily Investors

Owners of

America First Multifamily Investors

(NASDAQ:

ATAX

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $5.23 as of 12:59 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.6%.

The average volume for America First Multifamily Investors has been 130,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. America First Multifamily Investors has a market cap of $313.9 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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America First Multifamily Investors, L.P. acquires, holds, sells, and deals in a portfolio of mortgage revenue bonds that have been issued to provide construction and/or permanent financing for multifamily and student housing, and commercial properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.65.

TheStreet Ratings rates

America First Multifamily Investors

as a

hold

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

America First Multifamily Investors Ratings Report

now.

BlackRock Credit Allocation Income

Owners of

BlackRock Credit Allocation Income

(NYSE:

BTZ

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $12.42 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.8%.

The average volume for BlackRock Credit Allocation Income has been 286,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock Credit Allocation Income has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 3.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Monolithic Power Systems

Owners of

Monolithic Power Systems

(NASDAQ:

MPWR

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 20 cents per share. At a price of $64.28 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.2%.

The average volume for Monolithic Power Systems has been 283,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Monolithic Power Systems has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are up 29.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Monolithic Power Systems, Inc. designs, develops, and markets integrated power semiconductor solutions and power delivery architectures for communications, storage and computing, consumer electronics, and industrial/automotive markets. The company has a P/E ratio of 76.87.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Monolithic Power Systems

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full

Monolithic Power Systems Ratings Report

now.

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.