3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: JSD, NFJ, PMT

Tomorrow, Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 20 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1.5% to 20.4%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Nuveen Short Duration Credit Opportunity Fu

Owners of Nuveen Short Duration Credit Opportunity Fu (NYSE: JSD) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 3 cents per share. At a price of $14.60 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8%.

The average volume for Nuveen Short Duration Credit Opportunity Fu has been 42,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nuveen Short Duration Credit Opportunity Fu has a market cap of $146.3 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 12.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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AllianzGI NFJ Dividend Interest & Premium S

Owners of AllianzGI NFJ Dividend Interest & Premium S (NYSE: NFJ) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 30 cents per share. At a price of $12.26 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.9%.

The average volume for AllianzGI NFJ Dividend Interest & Premium S has been 365,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. AllianzGI NFJ Dividend Interest & Premium S has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 23.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 17.36.

PennyMac Mortgage Investment

Owners of PennyMac Mortgage Investment (NYSE: PMT) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 47 cents per share. At a price of $16.09 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.9%.

The average volume for PennyMac Mortgage Investment has been 749,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. PennyMac Mortgage Investment has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 23.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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PennyMac Mortgage Investment Trust, a specialty finance company, invests primarily in residential mortgage loans and mortgage-related assets in the United States. The company operates through two segments, Correspondent Production and Investment Activities. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.20.

TheStreet Ratings rates PennyMac Mortgage Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. You can view the full PennyMac Mortgage Investment 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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