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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. 288 common and preferred shares have their ex-dividend date between March 26 and April 01. Exactly 46 of them have a dividend yield over 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. Chimera Investment (CIM) has a market capitalization of $3.04 billion. The company generates revenues of $755.44 million and has a net income of $532.85 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $540.90 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 71.60% (operating margin 70.64% and the net profit margin finally 70.54%).

The total debt representing 50.34% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 110.35%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 18.34% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.52. Last fiscal year, the company paid $0.69 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 28, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 5.65, Price/Sales 4.03 and Price/Book ratio 0.83. Dividend Yield: 14.86%. The beta ratio is 1.27.

2. Annaly Capital Management (NLY) has a market capitalization of $15.81 billion. The company generates revenues of $3,579.62 million and has a net income of $343.32 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,981.85 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 55.36% (operating margin 11.24% and the net profit margin finally 9.59%).

The total debt representing 77.94% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 541.02%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 2.59% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.49. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.44 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 28, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 33.28, Price/Sales 4.42 and Price/Book ratio 1.01. Dividend Yield: 13.51%. The beta ratio is 0.30.

3. Windstream Corporation (WIN) has a market capitalization of $6.98 billion. The company employs 14,638 people, generates revenues of $4,285.70 million and has a net income of $172.40 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,679.40 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 39.19% (operating margin 19.41% and the net profit margin finally 4.02%).

The total debt representing 63.58% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 610.80%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 14.51% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.33. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.00 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 28, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 36.38, Price/Sales 1.63 and Price/Book ratio 4.66. Dividend Yield: 8.36%. The beta ratio is 0.83.

4. Starwood Property Trust (STWD) has a market capitalization of $2.00 billion. The company generates revenues of $204.97 million and has a net income of $120.61 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $150.62 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 73.48% (operating margin 58.19% and the net profit margin finally 58.84%).

The total debt representing 38.59% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 65.74%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 7.73% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.43. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.74 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 28, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 15.02, Price/Sales 9.77 and Price/Book ratio 1.14. Dividend Yield: 8.19%. The beta ratio is not calculable.

5. Entertainment Properties (EPR) has a market capitalization of $2.16 billion. The company generates revenues of $301.66 million and has a net income of $102.56 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $217.70 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 72.17% (operating margin 33.06% and the net profit margin finally 34.00%).

The total debt representing 42.22% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 78.52%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 4.66% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.53. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.80 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 28, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 30.40, Price/Sales 7.18 and Price/Book ratio 1.48. Dividend Yield: 6.47%. The beta ratio is 1.62.

6. Liberty Property Trust (LRY) has a market capitalization of $4.00 billion. The company employs 443 people, generates revenues of $667.59 million and has a net income of $136.38 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $390.29 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 58.46% (operating margin 36.85% and the net profit margin finally 20.43%).

The total debt representing 44.55% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 105.67%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 5.41% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $0.98. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.90 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 29, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 34.92, Price/Sales 5.99 and Price/Book ratio 1.89. Dividend Yield: 5.54%. The beta ratio is 1.32.

7. Penn West Petroleum (PWE) has a market capitalization of $9.66 billion. The company employs 2,170 people, generates revenues of $2,956.91 million and has a net income of $639.28 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $1,785.57 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 60.39% (operating margin 13.93% and the net profit margin finally 21.62%).

The total debt representing 20.66% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 35.50%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 7.24% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.37. Last fiscal year, the company paid $1.08 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 28, 2012.

Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 14.94, Price/Sales 3.27 and Price/Book ratio 1.06. Dividend Yield: 5.31%. The beta ratio is 1.42.

8. Baytex Energy (BTE) has a market capitalization of $6.08 billion. The company employs 159 people, generates revenues of $1,098.84 million and has a net income of $217.87 million. The firm's earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) amounts to $583.50 million. Because of these figures, the EBITDA margin is 53.10% (operating margin 24.58% and the net profit margin finally 19.83%).

The total debt representing 24.77% of the company's assets and the total debt in relation to the equity amounts to 50.52%. Last fiscal, a return on equity of 18.76% was realized. Twelve trailing months earnings per share reached a value of $1.83. Last fiscal year, the company paid $2.42 in form of dividends to shareholders. The ex-dividend date is on March 28, 2012.
Here are the price ratios of the company: The P/E ratio is 27.94, Price/Sales 5.53 and Price/Book ratio 4.99. Dividend Yield: 5.20%. The beta ratio is 1.55.

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