Monday, Monday, September 28, 2015, 136 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 18.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Monday:

Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT

Owners of Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT (NYSE: EARN) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 45 cents per share. At a price of $12.99 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 13.8%.

The average volume for Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT has been 47,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT has a market cap of $119.2 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT, a real estate investment trust, specializes in acquiring, investing in, and managing residential mortgage-and real estate-related assets. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.16.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Ellington Residential Mortgage REIT Ratings Report now.

SkyWest

Owners of SkyWest (NASDAQ: SKYW) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $17.22 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.9%.

The average volume for SkyWest has been 559,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. SkyWest has a market cap of $870.9 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are up 28.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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SkyWest, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates a regional airline in the United States. It provides scheduled passenger and air freight services with approximately 3,500 total daily departures to various destinations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.39.

TheStreet Ratings rates SkyWest as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full SkyWest Ratings Report now.

First Industrial Realty

Owners of First Industrial Realty (NYSE: FR) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 13 cents per share. At a price of $20.64 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.5%.

The average volume for First Industrial Realty has been 1.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. First Industrial Realty has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are up 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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First Industrial Realty Trust Inc. is a real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It makes investments in industrial properties. The firm owns, manages, acquires, sells, develops, and redevelops industrial real estate. The company has a P/E ratio of 71.90.

TheStreet Ratings rates First Industrial Realty as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. You can view the full First Industrial Realty 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.