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. Monday, Monday, December 15, 2014, 26 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 13.5%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar. Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday: New America High Income Fund Owners of New America High Income Fund (NYSE: HYB) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $8.92 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.6%. The average volume for New America High Income Fund has been 67,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. New America High Income Fund has a market cap of $212.2 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 7% 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. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.26.
UIL Holdings Owners of UIL Holdings (NYSE: UIL) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 43 cents per share. At a price of $43.35 as of 4:03 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4%. The average volume for UIL Holdings has been 419,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. UIL Holdings has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 10.1% 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. UIL Holdings Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates in the regulated utility businesses. The company operates in the Electric Distribution, Electric Transmission, and Gas Distribution segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.75. TheStreet Ratings rates UIL Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full UIL Holdings Ratings Report now.
Total System Services Owners of Total System Services (NYSE: TSS) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $33.08 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.2%. The average volume for Total System Services has been 911,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Total System Services has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 1.7% 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. Total System Services, Inc. provides electronic payment processing services to banks and other financial institutions in the United States and internationally. It operates through four segments: North America Services, Merchant Services, International Services, and NetSpend. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.62. TheStreet Ratings rates Total System Services as a buy. 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, compelling growth in net income, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. 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 Total System 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.