Tomorrow, Friday, February 26, 2016, 48 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.4% to 36.2%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar. Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow: Stage Stores Owners of Stage Stores (NYSE: SSI) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 15 cents per share. At a price of $7.96 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7.5%. The average volume for Stage Stores has been 764,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Stage Stores has a market cap of $243.3 million and is part of the retail industry. Shares are down 13.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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. Stage Stores, Inc. operates as a specialty department store retailer in small and mid-sized towns and communities in the United States. Its merchandise portfolio comprises moderately priced brand name and private label apparel, accessories, cosmetics, footwear, and home goods. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.59. TheStreet Ratings rates Stage Stores as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full Stage Stores Ratings Report now.
Empire District Electric Owners of Empire District Electric (NYSE: EDE) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 26 cents per share. At a price of $33.30 as of 9:37 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.1%. The average volume for Empire District Electric has been 633,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Empire District Electric has a market cap of $1.5 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 18.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.70.
Heartland Payment Systems Owners of Heartland Payment Systems (NYSE: HPY) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 10 cents per share. At a price of $94.94 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.4%. The average volume for Heartland Payment Systems has been 681,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Heartland Payment Systems has a market cap of $3.4 billion and is part of the diversified services industry. Shares are down 0.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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. Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. provides payment processing services in the United States. The company has a P/E ratio of 40.88. TheStreet Ratings rates Heartland Payment Systems 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, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. You can view the full Heartland Payment Systems 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.