Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: PBT, CSQ, NHI

Tomorrow, Tuesday, December 29, 2015, 166 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 17.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Permian Basin Royalty

Owners of Permian Basin Royalty (NYSE: PBT) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 2 cents per share. At a price of $5.30 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 6.5%.

The average volume for Permian Basin Royalty has been 123,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Permian Basin Royalty has a market cap of $247.0 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 44.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Permian Basin Royalty Trust, an express trust, holds overriding royalty interests in various oil and gas properties in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.20.

TheStreet Ratings rates Permian Basin Royalty 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, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year. You can view the full Permian Basin Royalty Ratings Report now.

Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund

Owners of Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund (NASDAQ: CSQ) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 8 cents per share. At a price of $10.09 as of 12:59 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.1%.

The average volume for Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund has been 323,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Calamos Strategic Total Return Fund has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 13% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 11.03.

National Health Investors

Owners of National Health Investors (NYSE: NHI) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 85 cents per share. At a price of $61.48 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 5.5%.

The average volume for National Health Investors has been 250,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. National Health Investors has a market cap of $2.3 billion and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 12% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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National Health Investors Inc. is a real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets of United States. The firm invests in the health care properties primarily in the long-term care and senior housing industries. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.60.

TheStreet Ratings rates National Health Investors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full National Health Investors 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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