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The following is a list of stocks going ex-dividend in January. All of these stocks have seen significant institutional buying over the last three months.

If you're a dividend investor looking for fresh ideas, this list might offer an interesting starting point.

The smart money seems to be expecting long-term gains for these stocks--do you agree? Full details below.

(Dividend data sourced from Fidelity, institutional data sourced from Reuters. Short float and performance data sourced from Finviz.)

Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in market cap for the top six names mentioned below. Note: The numbers on top of items represent the forward P/E ratio, if available.


The list has been sorted by the change in institutional ownership over the last three months.

1. Gold Resource Corp (NYSEMKT:GORO): Gold Industry. Market cap of $1.4B. Next dividend payment at $0.03 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-12, with a pay date on Jan-28. Institutional investors currently own 7,219,813 shares vs. 6,515,123 shares held three months ago (+10.82% change). Short float at 2.57%, which implies a short ratio of 3.26 days. The stock has gained 141.94% over the last year.

2. Quaker Chemical Corporation (NYSE:KWR): Specialty Chemicals Industry. Market cap of $491.96M. Next dividend payment at $0.24 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan-12, with a pay date on Jan-31. Institutional investors currently own 7,663,770 shares vs. 7,250,305 shares held three months ago (+5.7% change). Short float at 4.71%, which implies a short ratio of 5.34 days. The stock has gained 109.04% over the last year.

3. Compass Diversified Holdings (NYSE:CODI): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $757.19M. Next dividend payment at $0.34 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan 19, with a pay date on Jan 28. Institutional investors currently own 17,911,818 shares vs. 17,243,961 shares held three months ago (+3.87% change). Short float at 3.33%, which implies a short ratio of 3.89 days. The stock has gained 51.81% over the last year.

4. Life Partners Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:LPHI): Life Insurance Industry. Market cap of $288.36M. Next dividend payment at $0.04 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan 27, with a pay date on Feb 15. Institutional investors currently own 6,448,677 shares vs. 6,264,490 shares held three months ago (+2.94% change). Short float at 25.8%, which implies a short ratio of 18.17 days. The stock has gained 3.83% over the last year.

5. Oxford Industries Inc. (NYSE:OXM): Apparel Clothing Industry. Market cap of $420.39M. Next dividend payment at $0.11 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan 12, with a pay date on Jan 28. Institutional investors currently own 12,754,282 shares vs. 12,503,280 shares held three months ago (+2.01% change). Short float at 9.72%, which implies a short ratio of 7.3 days. The stock has gained 18.21% over the last year.

6. The Marcus Corporation (NYSE:MCS): Lodging Industry. Market cap of $387.39M. Next dividend payment at $0.09 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan 21, with a pay date on Feb 15. Institutional investors currently own 17,511,647 shares vs. 17,354,341 shares held three months ago (+0.91% change). Short float at 2.1%, which implies a short ratio of 8.44 days. The stock has gained 1.32% over the last year.

7. PerkinElmer Inc. (NYSE:PKI): Medical Instruments & Supplies Industry. Market cap of $3.03B. Next dividend payment at $0.07 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan 19, with a pay date on Feb 11. Institutional investors currently own 103,925,942 shares vs. 103,022,117 shares held three months ago (+0.88% change). Short float at 2.17%, which implies a short ratio of 2.27 days. The stock has gained 22.22% over the last year.

8. Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. (NYSE:FCX): Copper Industry. Market cap of $55.31B. Next dividend payment at $0.5 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan 12, with a pay date on Feb 01. Institutional investors currently own 390,082,623 shares vs. 386,732,600 shares held three months ago (+0.87% change). Short float at 3.19%, which implies a short ratio of 1.41 days. The stock has gained 34.87% over the last year.

9. A. Schulman, Inc. (NASDAQ:SHLM): Rubber & Plastics Industry. Market cap of $643.97M. Next dividend payment at $0.16 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan 14, with a pay date on Feb 01. Institutional investors currently own 27,093,792 shares vs. 26,866,090 shares held three months ago (+0.85% change). Short float at 2.22%, which implies a short ratio of 3.22 days. The stock has lost -3.67% over the last year.

10. Terra Nova Royalty Corporation (NYSEARCA:TTT): Diversified Investments Industry. Market cap of $476.16M. Next dividend payment at $0.05 per share. Ex-dividend date on Jan 18, with a pay date on Jan 31. Institutional investors currently own 9,471,840 shares vs. 9,399,628 shares held three months ago (+0.77% change). Short float at 0.28%, which implies a short ratio of 0.78 days. The stock has lost -32.59% over the last year.

Source: The Smart Money's Top 10 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend