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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. 245 common and preferred shares have their ex-dividend date between March 12 and March 18. Exactly 45 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 over $2 billion. These are the results sorted by dividend yield:

1. Ares Capital Corporation (NASDAQ:ARCC) has a market capitalization of $3.64 billion. The company employs 470 people, generates revenues of $634.49 million and has a net income of $319.45 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $393.95 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 62.09% (operating margin 42.64% and the net profit margin finally 50.35%).

The total debt representing 38.49% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 65.89%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 10.31% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.56. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.41 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 10.54, Price/Sales 5.74 and Price/Book ratio 1.07. Dividend Yield: 9.00%. The beta ratio is 1.79.

2. TOTAL S.A. (NYSE:TOT) has a market capitalization of $124.84 billion. The company employs 92,855 people, generates revenues of $218,397.60 million and has a net income of $16,497.51 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $41,586.68 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 19.04% (operating margin 15.00% and the net profit margin finally 7.55%).

The total debt representing 19.65% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 47.37%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 19.11% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $7.13. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.99 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 7.77, Price/Sales 0.60 and Price/Book ratio 1.40. Dividend Yield: 6.99%. The beta ratio is 1.01.

3. Investors Real Estate Trust (NASDAQ:IRETP) has a market capitalization of $789.38 million. The company employs 305 people, generates revenues of $237.41 million and has a net income of $4.48 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $123.81 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 52.15% (operating margin 28.63% and the net profit margin finally 1.89%).

The total debt representing 63.38% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 248.68%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 0.47% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $-0.03. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.69 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, Price/Sales 3.33 and Price/Book ratio 1.60. Dividend Yield: 6.82%. The beta ratio is 0.40.

4. HSBC Holdings (HBC) has a market capitalization of $157.09 billion. The company employs 288,316 people, generates revenues of $63,005.00 million and has a net income of $17,944.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $46,906.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 74.45% (operating margin 27.38% and the net profit margin finally 22.46%).

The total debt representing 9.72% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 156.46%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 10.59% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $4.53. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.05 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 9.66, Price/Sales 1.99 and Price/Book ratio 0.98. Dividend Yield: 6.40%. The beta ratio is 1.20.

5. The Blackstone Group (NYSE:BX) has a market capitalization of $18.61 billion. The company employs 1,585 people, generates revenues of $3,252.58 million and has a net income of $-268.45 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $161.52 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 4.97% (operating margin -4.17% and the net profit margin finally -8.25%).

The total debt representing 40.47% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 189.86%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of -3.73% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $-0.34. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.62 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is not calculable, Price/Sales 5.25 and Price/Book ratio 3.66. Dividend Yield: 5.82%. The beta ratio is 2.29.

6. Valley National Bancorp (NYSE:VLY) has a market capitalization of $2.33 billion. The company employs 2,754 people, generates revenues of $673.82 million and has a net income of $133.65 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $353.73 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 52.50% (operating margin 33.59% and the net profit margin finally 22.76%).

The total debt representing 7.64% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 85.91%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 10.44% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.79. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.69 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.79, Price/Sales 3.97 and Price/Book ratio 1.67. Dividend Yield: 5.56%. The beta ratio is 0.84.

7. Mercury General (NYSE:MCY) has a market capitalization of $2.43 billion. The company employs 4,500 people, generates revenues of $2,777.28 million and has a net income of $191.16 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $988.78 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 35.60% (operating margin 8.83% and the net profit margin finally 6.88%).

The total debt representing 3.44% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 7.54%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 10.47% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $3.48. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.41 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 12.72, Price/Sales 0.88 and Price/Book ratio 1.31. Dividend Yield: 5.51%. The beta ratio is 0.80.

8. Altria Group (NYSE:MO) has a market capitalization of $62.31 billion. The company employs 9,900 people, generates revenues of $23,800.00 million and has a net income of $3,393.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $6,321.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 26.56% (operating margin 25.50% and the net profit margin finally 14.26%).

The total debt representing 37.04% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 371.98%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 76.13% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.64. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.58 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 18.60, Price/Sales 2.62 and Price/Book ratio 16.92. Dividend Yield: 5.38%. The beta ratio is 0.41.

9. Ameren (NYSE:AEE) has a market capitalization of $7.74 billion. The company employs 9,323 people, generates revenues of $7,531.00 million and has a net income of $526.00 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $2,026.00 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 26.90% (operating margin 16.48% and the net profit margin finally 6.98%).

The total debt representing 29.62% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 88.45%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 6.63% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $2.15. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.56 in form of dividends to shareholders.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 14.85, Price/Sales 1.03 and Price/Book ratio 0.98. Dividend Yield: 5.01%. The beta ratio is 0.60.

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