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The period toward the end of earnings season each quarter is always a big time for dividend payouts. During some weeks there will be just a few S&P 500 companies going ex-dividend, but over the next five trading days, 27 names in the index with yields of more than 2% will go ex. Below is a table highlighting these 27 companies sorted by ex-dividend date. CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL) has the highest yield of the group at 6.52%, followed by Pitney Bowes (NYSE:PBI) and Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY). Other notable names on the list include Chevron (NYSE:CVX), United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS), 3M (NYSE:MMM), United Technologies (NYSE:UTX), and Microsoft (yes, MSFT yields more than 2%).

Source: 27 S&P 500 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend