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Monday, Monday, March 30, 2015, 26 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.8% to 9.5%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Fulton Financial

Owners of

Fulton Financial

(NASDAQ:

FULT

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 9 cents per share. At a price of $12.19 as of 9:55 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3%.

The average volume for Fulton Financial has been 980,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Fulton Financial has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Fulton Financial Corporation operates as a multi-bank financial holding company that provides a range of banking and financial services to businesses and consumers. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.48.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Fulton Financial

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full

Fulton Financial Ratings Report

now.

Healthsouth

Owners of

Healthsouth

(NYSE:

HLS

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 21 cents per share. At a price of $44.59 as of 9:55 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.9%.

The average volume for Healthsouth has been 697,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Healthsouth has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the health services industry. Shares are up 15.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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HealthSouth Corporation owns and operates inpatient rehabilitation hospitals in the United States. The company provides specialized rehabilitative treatment on an inpatient and outpatient basis. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.80.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Healthsouth

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full

Healthsouth Ratings Report

now.

Republic Services

Owners of

Republic Services

(NYSE:

RSG

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 28 cents per share. At a price of $40.26 as of 9:56 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for Republic Services has been 1.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Republic Services has a market cap of $14.3 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Republic Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, recycling, and disposal services for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers in the United States. It operates through three segments: East, Central, and West. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.52.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Republic Services

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full

Republic Services 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.

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