Tomorrow, Thursday, December 03, 2015, 9 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1.6% to 11.6%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Quad/Graphics

Owners of Quad/Graphics (NYSE: QUAD) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 30 cents per share. At a price of $10.05 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.6%.

The average volume for Quad/Graphics has been 275,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Quad/Graphics has a market cap of $359.0 million and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 55.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Quad/Graphics, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides print and media solutions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America.

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

Chico's FAS

Owners of Chico's FAS (NYSE: CHS) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $12.25 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.6%.

The average volume for Chico's FAS has been 2.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Chico's FAS has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 25% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Chico's FAS, Inc. operates as an omni-channel specialty retailer of women's private branded, casual-to-dressy clothing, intimates, complementary accessories, and other non-clothing items.

TheStreet Ratings rates Chico's FAS as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Chico's FAS Ratings Report now.

Principal Financial Group

Owners of Principal Financial Group (NYSE: PFG) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 38 cents per share. At a price of $52.06 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3%.

The average volume for Principal Financial Group has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Principal Financial Group has a market cap of $15.1 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Principal Financial Group, Inc. provides retirement, asset management, and insurance products and services. It operates through Retirement and Investor Services, Principal Global Investors, Principal International, and U.S. Insurance Solutions segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.55.

TheStreet Ratings rates Principal Financial Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Principal Financial Group 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.