Tomorrow, 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 Tomorrow:

Natural Resources Partners

Owners of

Natural Resources Partners

(NYSE:

NRP

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $1.16 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 15.5%.

The average volume for Natural Resources Partners has been 505,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Natural Resources Partners has a market cap of $141.9 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Natural Resource Partners L.P., through its subsidiaries, owns, manages, and leases mineral properties in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Natural Resources Partners

as a

sell

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

Natural Resources Partners Ratings Report

now.

AllianceBernstein Global High Income Fund I

Owners of

AllianceBernstein Global High Income Fund I

(NYSE:

AWF

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $10.75 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9%.

The average volume for AllianceBernstein Global High Income Fund I has been 273,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. AllianceBernstein Global High Income Fund I has a market cap of $930.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 0.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Golar LNG Partners

Owners of

Golar LNG Partners

(NASDAQ:

GMLP

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 58 cents per share. At a price of $13.48 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 16.7%.

The average volume for Golar LNG Partners has been 610,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Golar LNG Partners has a market cap of $630.2 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 0.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Golar LNG Partners LP owns and operates floating storage regasification units (FSRUs) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers in Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, and Kuwait. As of April 29, 2015, it had a fleet of six FSRUs and four LNG carriers. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.97.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Golar LNG Partners

as a

hold

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

Golar LNG Partners 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.