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Here is a current overview of the best yielding stocks with a market capitalization over USD 2 billion that have their ex-dividend date on the next trading day. If your broker settles your trade today, you will receive the next dividend. A full list of all stocks with ex-dividend date can be found here: Ex-Dividend Stocks May 16, 2012. In total, 53 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend of which 28 yielding above 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 4.05 percent.

The ex-dividend date is a major date related to the payment of dividends. If you purchase a stock on its ex-dividend date or later, you will not receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the seller gets the dividend. If you purchase before the ex-dividend date, you get the dividend. It is important that your broker settles your trade before the ex-dividend date.

These are the results of the best yielding stocks:

China Petroleum & Chemical (SNP) has a market capitalization of USD 83.97 billion and operates within the "Major Integrated Oil & Gas" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 7.52, Forward P/E Ratio: 5.59, P/S Ratio: 0.21, P/B Ratio: 1.12, Dividend Yield: 4.89%.

AGL Resources (GAS) has a market capitalization of USD 4.49 billion and operates within the "Gas Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 22.52, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.76, P/S Ratio: 1.57, P/B Ratio: 1.32, Dividend Yield: 4.81%.

Duke Energy Corporation (DUK) has a market capitalization of USD 29.02 billion and operates within the "Electric Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 19.54, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.56, P/S Ratio: 2.00, P/B Ratio: 1.27, Dividend Yield: 4.61%.

Progress Energy (PGN) has a market capitalization of USD 16.23 billion and operates within the "Electric Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 30.46, Forward P/E Ratio: 16.56, P/S Ratio: 1.84, P/B Ratio: 1.62, Dividend Yield: 4.52%.

Plum Creek Timber (PCL) has a market capitalization of USD 6.19 billion and operates within the "REIT - Industrial" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 33.63, Forward P/E Ratio: 26.81, P/S Ratio: 5.04, P/B Ratio: 5.03, Dividend Yield: 4.38%.

HSBC Holdings (HBC) has a market capitalization of USD 158.89 billion and operates within the "Foreign Money Center Banks" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 9.66, Forward P/E Ratio: 6.42, P/S Ratio: 2.52, P/B Ratio: 1.06, Dividend Yield: 4.11%.

Sonoco Products (SON) has a market capitalization of USD 3.24 billion and operates within the "Paper & Paper Products" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.17, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.33, P/S Ratio: 0.70, P/B Ratio: 2.21, Dividend Yield: 3.73%.

Chevron Corporation (CVX) has a market capitalization of USD 201.09 billion and operates within the "Major Integrated Oil & Gas" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 7.49, Forward P/E Ratio: 7.52, P/S Ratio: 0.79, P/B Ratio: 1.60, Dividend Yield: 3.53%.

Source: The Best Dividends On May 16, 2012