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Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 18 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1% to 11%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Whitestone REIT

Owners of Whitestone REIT (NYSE: WSR) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $16.08 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.2%.

The average volume for Whitestone REIT has been 85,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Whitestone REIT has a market cap of $361.5 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 6.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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WhiteStone REIT is a Maryland REIT engaged in owning and operating commercial properties in culturally diverse markets in major metropolitan areas. The company has a P/E ratio of 71.95.

TheStreet Ratings rates Whitestone REIT as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Whitestone REIT Ratings Report now.

Regal-Beloit

Owners of Regal-Beloit (NYSE: RBC) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 22 cents per share. At a price of $78.80 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.1%.

The average volume for Regal-Beloit has been 325,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Regal-Beloit has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Regal Beloit Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and sells electric motors and controls, electric generators and controls, and power transmission products in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 113.72.

TheStreet Ratings rates Regal-Beloit 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins. You can view the full Regal-Beloit Ratings Report now.

DCT Industrial

Owners of DCT Industrial (NYSE: DCT) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 28 cents per share. At a price of $34.55 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.3%.

The average volume for DCT Industrial has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. DCT Industrial has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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DCT Industrial Trust Inc. operates as a publicly owned real estate investment trust. The firm provides its services to companies. Through its fund, it engages in the ownership, operation, and development of real estate properties. The company has a P/E ratio of 65.87.

TheStreet Ratings rates DCT Industrial as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. You can view the full DCT Industrial 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.

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