Monday, Monday, September 28, 2015, 136 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 18.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

JMP Group

Owners of

JMP Group

(NYSE:

JMP

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $6.16 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.6%.

The average volume for JMP Group has been 51,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. JMP Group has a market cap of $133.7 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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JMP Group LLC, together with its subsidiaries, provides investment banking and asset management services in the United States. The company operates through Broker-Dealer, Asset Management, and Corporate Credit segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.32.

TheStreet Ratings rates

JMP Group

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

JMP Group Ratings Report

now.

Ashford Hospitality

Owners of

Ashford Hospitality

(NYSE:

AHT

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 12 cents per share. At a price of $6.84 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.8%.

The average volume for Ashford Hospitality has been 963,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ashford Hospitality has a market cap of $671.2 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 34.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. is a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm engages in investment and management of properties in the hospitality industry. It invests in the real estate markets of the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 2.98.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ashford Hospitality

as a

hold

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

Ashford Hospitality Ratings Report

now.

Communications Sales & Leasing

Owners of

Communications Sales & Leasing

(NASDAQ:

CSAL

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 60 cents per share. At a price of $20.58 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.6%.

The average volume for Communications Sales & Leasing has been 864,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Communications Sales & Leasing has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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.