Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. Tomorrow, Friday, November 07, 2014, 20 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.6% to 24.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar. Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: Niska Gas Storage Partners Owners of Niska Gas Storage Partners (NYSE: NKA) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 35 cents per share. At a price of $5.77 as of 9:46 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 24.7%. The average volume for Niska Gas Storage Partners has been 179,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Niska Gas Storage Partners has a market cap of $207.4 million and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are down 61% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Niska Gas Storage Partners LLC owns and operates natural gas storage assets in North America. TheStreet Ratings rates Niska Gas Storage Partners as a hold. You can view the full Niska Gas Storage Partners Ratings Report now.
Mobile Mini Owners of Mobile Mini (NASDAQ: MINI) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 17 cents per share. At a price of $42.93 as of 9:46 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.6%. The average volume for Mobile Mini has been 264,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Mobile Mini has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the consumer non-durables industry. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Mobile Mini, Inc. provides lease portable storage solutions primarily in North America and the United Kingdom. The company has a P/E ratio of 307.07. TheStreet Ratings rates Mobile Mini as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. You can view the full Mobile Mini Ratings Report now.
Papa John's International Owners of Papa John's International (NASDAQ: PZZA) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 14 cents per share. At a price of $49.94 as of 9:46 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.2%. The average volume for Papa John's International has been 333,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Papa John's International has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the leisure industry. Shares are up 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more. Papa John's International, Inc. operates and franchises pizza delivery and carryout restaurants under the Papa John's trademark worldwide. The company also operates dine-in and delivery restaurants in certain international markets. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.30. TheStreet Ratings rates Papa John's International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Papa John's International 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.