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Dividend stocks are wonderful because they increase my cash with regular payments. One major date in relation to the payment is the ex-dividend date. If you own a stock before this date, you get the next payment. This is very interesting, because in the case of a high yield stock, I can earn at least one percent in cash for a short period of investing.

I screened stocks with ex-dividend date within the upcoming week. 171 common and preferred shares have their ex-dividend date between March 05 and March 11. Exactly 23 of them have a dividend yield above 5%. Many of them have a high yield because the market believes that the dividend is not sustainable. Especially in the case of low capitalized stocks, the possibility of a dividend cut is much higher as for stocks with a higher capitalization. Because of this, I decided to select only those stocks with a market capitalization above $2 billion. These are the detailed results:

1. American Capital Agency (AGNC) has a market capitalization of $6.99 billion. The company generates revenues of $1,108.87 million and has a net income of $770.48 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $750.34 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 67.67% (operating margin 70.04% and the net profit margin finally 69.48%).

The total debt representing 83.81% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 782.19%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 19.80% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $5.22. Last fiscal year, the company paid $5.60 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 05, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 5.97, Price/Sales 6.30 and Price/Book ratio 1.12. Dividend Yield: 16.04%. The beta ratio is 0.45.

2. Enerplus Corp (ERF) has a market capitalization of $4.73 billion. The company employs 709 people, generates revenues of $1,103.66 million and has a net income of $110.67 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $647.21 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 58.64% (operating margin 13.01% and the net profit margin finally 10.03%).

The total debt representing 15.85% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 27.68%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 3.31% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.62. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.18 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 07, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 38.82, Price/Sales 4.27 and Price/Book ratio 1.32. Dividend Yield: 9.02%. The beta ratio is 1.18.

3. Frontier Communications (FTR) has a market capitalization of $4.52 billion. The company employs 15,400 people, generates revenues of $5,243.04 million and has a net income of $157.61 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $2,311.90 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 44.09% (operating margin 17.33% and the net profit margin finally 3.01%).

The total debt representing 47.53% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 186.30%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 3.02% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.15. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.75 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 07, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 30.87, Price/Sales 0.86 and Price/Book ratio 1.02. Dividend Yield: 8.80%. The beta ratio is 0.74.

4. SeaDrill Limited (SDRL) has a market capitalization of $18.61 billion. The company employs 6,650 people, generates revenues of $4,040.80 million and has a net income of $1,171.60 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,960.20 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 48.51% (operating margin 36.64% and the net profit margin finally 28.99%).

The total debt representing 54.82% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 177.70%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 23.33% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.89. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.54 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 08, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 10.25, Price/Sales 4.66 and Price/Book ratio 3.27. Dividend Yield: 8.03%. The beta ratio is 2.01.

5. Sun Life Financial (SLF) has a market capitalization of $13.05 billion. The company employs 15,000 people, generates revenues of $22,834.46 million and has a net income of $-186.07 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $-2,106.38 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is -9.22% (operating margin -2.79% and the net profit margin finally -0.81%).

The total debt representing 3.57% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 49.52%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of -2.20% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $-0.56. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.46 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 05, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 8.05, Price/Sales 0.57 and Price/Book ratio 0.98. Dividend Yield: 6.49%. The beta ratio is 1.62.

6. Old Republic (ORI) has a market capitalization of $2.89 billion. The company employs 8,000 people, generates revenues of $4,645.50 million and has a net income of $-140.60 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $-236.70 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is -5.10% (operating margin -5.10% and the net profit margin finally -3.03%).

The total debt representing 5.69% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 24.19%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of -3.56% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $-0.55. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.70 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 08, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, Price/Sales 0.62 and Price/Book ratio 0.76. Dividend Yield: 6.36%. The beta ratio is 0.88.

7. Pepco Holdings (POM) has a market capitalization of $4.44 billion. The company employs 5,104 people, generates revenues of $5,920.00 million and has a net income of $260.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,058.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 17.87% (operating margin 10.68% and the net profit margin finally 4.39%).

The total debt representing 33.75% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 116.05%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 6.07% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.15. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.08 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 08, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 16.96, Price/Sales 0.75 and Price/Book ratio 1.02. Dividend Yield: 5.54%. The beta ratio is 0.50.

8. Gannett (GCI) has a market capitalization of $3.45 billion. The company employs 31,000 people, generates revenues of $5,239.99 million and has a net income of $500.13 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,012.42 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 19.32% (operating margin 15.55% and the net profit margin finally 9.54%).

The total debt representing 26.61% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 75.62%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 20.43% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.89. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.24 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 07, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 7.70, Price/Sales 0.66 and Price/Book ratio 1.48. Dividend Yield: 5.50%. The beta ratio is 2.45.

9. Reynolds American (RAI) has a market capitalization of $24.24 billion. The company employs 5,400 people, generates revenues of $8,541.00 million and has a net income of $1,406.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $2,537.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 29.70% (operating margin 28.09% and the net profit margin finally 16.46%).

The total debt representing 22.54% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 58.60%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 22.04% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.40. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.15 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 07, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 17.51, Price/Sales 2.84 and Price/Book ratio 3.88. Dividend Yield: 5.32%. The beta ratio is 0.57.

10. PPL Corporation (PPL) has a market capitalization of $16.49 billion. The company employs 17,722 people, generates revenues of $12,737.00 million and has a net income of $1,510.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $4,309.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 33.83% (operating margin 24.30% and the net profit margin finally 11.86%).

The total debt representing 43.54% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 171.51%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 15.62% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.71. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.40 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 07, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 10.49, Price/Sales 1.29 and Price/Book ratio 1.52. Dividend Yield: 5.06%. The beta ratio is 0.42.

11. Piedmont Office Realty Trust (PDM) has a market capitalization of $3.07 billion. The company employs 110 people, generates revenues of $541.64 million and has a net income of $89.52 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $309.13 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 57.07% (operating margin 27.58% and the net profit margin finally 16.53%).

The total debt representing 33.11% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 53.12%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 3.23% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.52. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.26 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 07, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 34.38, Price/Sales 5.67 and Price/Book ratio 1.11. Dividend Yield: 7.08%. The beta ratio is not calculable.

Source: 11 High-Yield Stocks Going Ex-Dividend In The Coming Week (March 05-11, 2012)