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Tomorrow, Thursday, April 02, 2015, 8 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1% to 16.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Atlas Resource Partners

Owners of Atlas Resource Partners (NYSE: ARP) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 11 cents per share. At a price of $7.77 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 16.7%.

The average volume for Atlas Resource Partners has been 792,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Atlas Resource Partners has a market cap of $666.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 27.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Atlas Resource Partners, L.P. operates as an independent developer and producer of natural gas, crude oil, and natural gas liquids in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Gas and Oil Production, Well Construction and Completion, and Other Partnership Management.

TheStreet Ratings rates Atlas Resource Partners as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, 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 Atlas Resource Partners Ratings Report now.

Gentex

Owners of Gentex (NASDAQ: GNTX) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $18.15 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for Gentex has been 1.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Gentex has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the automotive industry. Shares are up 1.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Gentex Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, and markets automatic-dimming rearview mirrors and electronics for the automotive industry; dimmable aircraft windows for the aviation industry; and commercial smoke alarms and signaling devices for the fire protection industry worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.71.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gentex 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results. You can view the full Gentex Ratings Report now.

Toronto-Dominion Bank

Owners of Toronto-Dominion Bank (NYSE: TD) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 41 cents per share. At a price of $42.88 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.9%.

The average volume for Toronto-Dominion Bank has been 2.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Toronto-Dominion Bank has a market cap of $77.8 billion and is part of the banking industry. Shares are down 10.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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The Toronto-Dominion Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides financial and banking services in North America and internationally. The company operates through Canadian Retail, U.S. Retail, and Wholesale Banking segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.87.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toronto-Dominion Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Toronto-Dominion Bank 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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