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Below are the approximate ex-dividend dates for the month of October for companies that appear on our Dividend Achiever, Nasdaq 100, Dow Jones Transportation Index and International Dividend Achiever Watch Lists. All companies are ranked by ex-dividend dates.Although there tends to be the focus on high dividend yields, our experience has demonstrated that low yields are compensated with higher returns. The full month of October list can be found here.
Symbol Name Price % from low Yield Date
WFSL Washington Fed $14.99 7.30% 1.30% 10/5/2010
ABM ABM Industries Inc. $21.43 19.45% 2.50% 10/5/2010
MDT Medtronic $33.21 7.82% 2.70% 10/6/2010
MAS Masco Co. $10.92 9.81% 2.70% 10/6/2010
GD General Dynamics $62.50 12.69% 2.70% 10/6/2010
LNC Lincoln National Corp $23.78 15.16% 0.20% 10/6/2010
BANR Banner Corp $2.23 16.75% 1.90% 10/6/2010
PDCO Patterson Companies $28.36 17.53% 1.40% 10/6/2010
MMC Marsh & McLennan $24.02 18.85% 3.50% 10/6/2010
UVV Universal Corp $40.03 13.21% 4.80% 10/7/2010


Companies that show up on our Watch Lists could be considered the equivalent of the bargain bin of high quality blue chip stocks. Because these companies have increased their dividends every year for at least 10 years in a row or are part of the Nasdaq 100 and within 20% of their respective 52-week low, you know that you’re not overpaying for a company that has demonstrated profitability and the ability to rebound from challenging times.

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Source: Top Ten October Ex-Dividend Dates