Tomorrow, Thursday, March 03, 2016, 31 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.5% to 11.6%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

Hercules Capital

Owners of Hercules Capital (NYSE: HTGC) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 31 cents per share. At a price of $11.27 as of 9:33 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 11.1%.

The average volume for Hercules Capital has been 386,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Hercules Capital has a market cap of $803.6 million and is part of the real estate industry. Shares are down 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Hercules Technology Growth Capital, Inc. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.45.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hercules Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. You can view the full Hercules Capital Ratings Report now.

Semgroup

Owners of Semgroup (NYSE: SEMG) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 45 cents per share. At a price of $18.44 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 9.5%.

The average volume for Semgroup has been 880,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Semgroup has a market cap of $834.7 million and is part of the energy industry. Shares are down 35.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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SemGroup Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides gathering, transportation, storage, distribution, marketing, and other midstream services. It operates through six segments: Crude, SemStream, SemLogistics, SemCAMS, SemMexico, and SemGas. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.54.

TheStreet Ratings rates Semgroup as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins. You can view the full Semgroup Ratings Report now.

Valspar

Owners of Valspar (NYSE: VAL) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 33 cents per share. At a price of $80.07 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 1.7%.

The average volume for Valspar has been 659,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Valspar has a market cap of $6.2 billion and is part of the chemicals industry. Shares are down 3.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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The Valspar Corporation develops, manufactures, and distributes a range of coatings, paints, and related products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Coatings and Paints. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.79.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valspar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. You can view the full Valspar 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.