Tomorrow, Thursday, March 17, 2016, 26 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.1% to 14.7%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

WhiteHorse Finance

Owners of WhiteHorse Finance (NASDAQ: WHF) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 36 cents per share. At a price of $10.44 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 13.6%.

The average volume for WhiteHorse Finance has been 35,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. WhiteHorse Finance has a market cap of $156.6 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 10.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Whitehorse Finance, LLC is a business development company. The company has a P/E ratio of 7.06.

TheStreet Ratings rates WhiteHorse Finance as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth 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 WhiteHorse Finance Ratings Report now.

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 $7.10 as of 9:35 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 10.6%.

The average volume for Gladstone Investment has been 162,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Gladstone Investment has a market cap of $214.9 million and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are down 7.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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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 50.71.

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 and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full Gladstone Investment Ratings Report now.

Main Street Capital

Owners of Main Street Capital (NYSE: MAIN) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 18 cents per share. At a price of $30.72 as of 9:36 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 7%.

The average volume for Main Street Capital has been 325,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Main Street Capital has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the financial services industry. Shares are up 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Main Street Capital Corporation is a business development company specializing in long- term equity and debt investments in small and lower middle market companies. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.97.

TheStreet Ratings rates Main Street Capital as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. You can view the full Main Street Capital 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.