Wednesday, Wednesday, February 03, 2016, 45 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1% to 31%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Wednesday:

Green Plains Partners

Owners of

Green Plains Partners

(NASDAQ:

GPP

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 40 cents per share. At a price of $14.61 as of 3:59 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.2%.

The average volume for Green Plains Partners has been 82,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Green Plains Partners has a market cap of $228.2 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 11.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Memorial Production Partners

Owners of

Memorial Production Partners

(NASDAQ:

MEMP

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $2.63 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 14.7%.

The average volume for Memorial Production Partners has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Memorial Production Partners has a market cap of $226.4 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are up 6.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Memorial Production Partners LP, through its subsidiary, engages in the acquisition, development, exploitation, and production of oil and natural gas properties.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Memorial Production Partners

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Memorial Production Partners Ratings Report

now.

Cousins Properties

Owners of

Cousins Properties

(NYSE:

CUZ

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $8.53 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.7%.

The average volume for Cousins Properties has been 1.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Cousins Properties has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 8.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Cousins Properties Incorporated, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, develops, and manages real estate portfolio, as well as performs certain real estate-related services in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.59.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Cousins Properties

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing. You can view the full

Cousins Properties 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.