Tomorrow, Thursday, February 25, 2016, 62 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.5% to 19.4%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar. Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: JMP Group Owners of JMP Group (NYSE: JMP) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 4 cents per share. At a price of $5.08 as of 9:30 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.1%. The average volume for JMP Group has been 73,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. JMP Group has a market cap of $111.7 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. JMP Group LLC, together with its subsidiaries, provides investment banking and asset management services in the United States. The company operates through Broker-Dealer, Asset Management, and Corporate Credit segments. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.56. TheStreet Ratings rates JMP Group as a hold. The company's strongest point has been its very decent return on equity which we feel should persist. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full JMP Group Ratings Report now.
MKS Instruments Owners of MKS Instruments (NASDAQ: MKSI) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 17 cents per share. At a price of $32.16 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2%. The average volume for MKS Instruments has been 272,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. MKS Instruments has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are down 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. MKS Instruments, Inc. provides instruments, subsystems, and process control solutions that measure, control, power, monitor, and analyze critical parameters of manufacturing processes in the United States and internationally. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.74. TheStreet Ratings rates MKS Instruments as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full MKS Instruments Ratings Report now.
Lexmark International Owners of Lexmark International (NYSE: LXK) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 36 cents per share. At a price of $29.52 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 4.6%. The average volume for Lexmark International has been 677,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Lexmark International has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the computer hardware industry. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. EXCLUSIVE OFFER: See inside Jim Cramer's multi-million dollar charitable trust portfolio to see the stocks he thinks could be potential winners. Click here to see his holdings for 14-days FREE. Lexmark International, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a developer, manufacturer, and supplier of printing, imaging, device management, managed print services (MPS), document workflow, and business process and content management solutions worldwide. TheStreet Ratings rates Lexmark International as a hold. Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Lexmark International 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.