Tomorrow, Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 42 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 19.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our

stocks going ex-dividend

section of our

dividend calendar

.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Wheeler Real Estate Investment

Owners of

Wheeler Real Estate Investment

(NASDAQ:

WHLR

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 2 cents per share. At a price of $1.44 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 14.8%.

The average volume for Wheeler Real Estate Investment has been 83,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Wheeler Real Estate Investment has a market cap of $93.9 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 23.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Wheeler Real Estate Investment Trust, Inc. engages in acquiring, financing, developing, leasing, owning, and managing real estate properties in the mid-Atlantic, southeast, and southwest United States.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Wheeler Real Estate Investment

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share. You can view the full

Wheeler Real Estate Investment Ratings Report

now.

Ciner Resources

Owners of

Ciner Resources

(NYSE:

CINR

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 56 cents per share. At a price of $20.78 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.7%.

The average volume for Ciner Resources has been 38,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ciner Resources has a market cap of $201.0 million and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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OCI Resources LP engages in the trona ore mining and soda ash production businesses in the United States and internationally. It processes trona ore into soda ash, which is a raw material in flat glass, container glass, detergents, chemicals, paper, and other consumer and industrial products. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.01.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Ciner Resources

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins. You can view the full

Ciner Resources Ratings Report

now.

Scholastic

Owners of

Scholastic

(NASDAQ:

SCHL

) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $33.72 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.8%.

The average volume for Scholastic has been 288,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Scholastic has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is part of the media industry. Shares are down 13% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Scholastic Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, publishes and distributes children's books worldwide. It operates through three segments: Children's Book Publishing and Distribution, Education, and International. The company has a P/E ratio of 65.06.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Scholastic

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full

Scholastic 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.