Friday, Friday, November 27, 2015, 59 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% to 25.8%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Friday:

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment

Owners of

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment

(NYSE:

PEI

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 21 cents per share. At a price of $21.59 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.9%.

The average volume for Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment has been 405,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) is a publicly owned equity real estate investment trust. The firm manages owns, manages, develops, acquires, and leases mall and power and strip centers primarily in the Eastern United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment

as a

hold

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

Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Ratings Report

now.

Associated Banc-Corp

Owners of

Associated Banc-Corp

(NYSE:

ASB

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $20.53 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.1%.

The average volume for Associated Banc-Corp has been 939,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Associated Banc-Corp has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are up 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Associated Banc-Corp, a bank holding company, provides various banking and nonbanking products and services to individuals and businesses in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.72.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Associated Banc-Corp

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full

Associated Banc-Corp Ratings Report

now.

Sothebys

Owners of

Sothebys

(NYSE:

BID

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $29.32 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.4%.

The average volume for Sothebys has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Sothebys has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are down 32.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Sotheby's operates as an auctioneer of authenticated fine art, decorative art, and jewelry in the United States, the United Kingdom, China, France, Switzerland, and internationally. It operates through three segments: Agency, Principal, and Finance. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.88.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Sothebys

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk. You can view the full

Sothebys 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.