Ex-Dividend Alert: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: GSL, MUJ, CII

Tomorrow, Thursday, November 12, 2015, 124 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 19%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Global Ship Lease

Owners of Global Ship Lease (NYSE: GSL) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $3.72 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.3%.

The average volume for Global Ship Lease has been 82,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Global Ship Lease has a market cap of $184.0 million and is part of the transportation industry. Shares are down 18.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Global Ship Lease, Inc. owns and charters containerships of various sizes under long-term fixed-rate charters to container shipping companies. As of April 21, 2015, it owned 19 vessels with a total capacity of 82,475 twenty-foot equivalent units. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.69.

TheStreet Ratings rates Global Ship Lease as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally high debt management risk and feeble growth in its earnings per share. You can view the full Global Ship Lease Ratings Report now.

BlackRock MuniHoldings New Jersey Quality F

Owners of BlackRock MuniHoldings New Jersey Quality F (NYSE: MUJ) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $13.82 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.5%.

The average volume for BlackRock MuniHoldings New Jersey Quality F has been 51,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock MuniHoldings New Jersey Quality F has a market cap of $413.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 4.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 13.31.

BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund

Owners of BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund (NYSE: CII) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $14.38 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.4%.

The average volume for BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund has been 130,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. BlackRock Enhanced Capital and Income Fund has a market cap of $632.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 38.73.

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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