Tomorrow, Friday, May 27, 2016, 50 U.S. common stocks are scheduled to go ex-dividend. The dividend yields on these stocks range from 0.3% to 11.1%. All of these stocks can be found on our stocks going ex-dividend section of our dividend calendar.

Highlighted Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Tomorrow:

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 $33.81 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 3.1%.

The average volume for Empire District Electric has been 280,100 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 20.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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The Empire District Electric Company, together with its subsidiaries, generates, purchases, transmits, distributes, and sells electricity in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. It operates through three segments: Electric, Gas, and Other. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.35.

TheStreet Ratings rates Empire District Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. You can view the full Empire District Electric Ratings Report now.

HSN

Owners of HSN (NASDAQ: HSNI) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 35 cents per share. At a price of $50.91 as of 9:41 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 2.8%.

The average volume for HSN has been 295,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. HSN has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the specialty retail industry. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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HSN, Inc. operates as an interactive multi-channel retailer in the United States. It operates through two segments, HSN and Cornerstone. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.32.

TheStreet Ratings rates HSN as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow. You can view the full HSN Ratings Report now.

Loews

Owners of Loews (NYSE: L) shares, as of market close today, will be eligible for a dividend of 6 cents per share. At a price of $40.30 as of 9:40 a.m. ET, the dividend yield is 0.6%.

The average volume for Loews has been 1.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Loews has a market cap of $13.6 billion and is part of the insurance industry. Shares are up 4.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Loews Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides commercial property and casualty insurance in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and Singapore. The company has a P/E ratio of 55.14.

TheStreet Ratings rates Loews as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and a decline in the stock price during the past year. You can view the full Loews 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.