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. Wednesday, Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 54 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0% to 12.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar. Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Wednesday: Western Asset Mortgage Defined Opportunity Owners of Western Asset Mortgage Defined Opportunity (NYSE: DMO) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 16 cents per share. At a price of $24.22 as of 4:00 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.8%. The average volume for Western Asset Mortgage Defined Opportunity has been 30,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Western Asset Mortgage Defined Opportunity has a market cap of $254.5 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 4.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12 months. Learn more.