Dividend Watch: 3 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tuesday: SGL, GAIN, TAHO

Tuesday, Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 49 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 1.4% to 16%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tuesday:

Strategic Global Income Fund

Owners of Strategic Global Income Fund (NYSE: SGL) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 7 cents per share. At a price of $8.60 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 8.8%.

The average volume for Strategic Global Income Fund has been 47,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Strategic Global Income Fund has a market cap of $157.4 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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The company has a P/E ratio of 15.96.

Gladstone Investment

Owners of Gladstone Investment (NASDAQ: GAIN) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $6.46 as of 3:59 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.4%.

The average volume for Gladstone Investment has been 173,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Gladstone Investment has a market cap of $199.8 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 14.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Gladstone Investment Corporation is a business development company specializing in buyouts; recapitalizations; refinancing existing debt; senior debt securities; junior subordinated debt securities; limited liability company interests, and warrants or options. The company has a P/E ratio of 47.14.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gladstone Investment as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, a decline in the stock price during the past year and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full Gladstone Investment Ratings Report now.

Tahoe Resources

Owners of Tahoe Resources (NYSE: TAHO) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 2 cents per share. At a price of $8.28 as of 4:02 p.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3%.

The average volume for Tahoe Resources has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Tahoe Resources has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the metals & mining industry. Shares are down 12.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Tahoe Resources Inc., together with its subsidiaries, explores for and produces precious metals in the Americas. The company primarily produces silver, as well as gold, lead, and zinc. Its principal project is the Escobal project located in Southeast Guatemala. The company has a P/E ratio of 39.60.

TheStreet Ratings rates Tahoe Resources as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, 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 a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Tahoe Resources 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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