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There are 146 companies in the S&P 500 set to go ex-dividend before 2012 comes to an end. Below is a list of the ones that currently yield more than 3%. As shown, Windstream (NASDAQ:WIN) has the highest yield at 12.09%, and it goes ex-dividend on the third to last trading day of the year. Frontier Communications (NASDAQ:FTR) has the second highest yield at 9.06%, followed by CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL) at 7.65%. Best Buy's (NYSE:BBY) recent plunge has pushed its yield up to 5.76%, ranking it fourth on the list below. Pepco Holdings (NYSE:POM) rounds out the top five with a yield of 5.66%.

Remember, to capture the dividend, you have to own the stock at the close on the day prior to its ex-dividend date.

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Source: 146 S&P 500 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Through Year-End