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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 22, 2012. In total, 25 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend of which 13 yielding above 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 4.03 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:

Portugal Telecom (NYSE:PT) has a market capitalization of USD 4.49 billion and operates within the "Wireless Communications" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 9.28, Forward P/E Ratio: 5.96, P/S Ratio: 0.57, P/B Ratio: 0.91, Dividend Yield: 16.75%.

Guangshen Railway Co. (NYSE:GSH) has a market capitalization of USD 2.32 billion and operates within the "Railroads" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 8.16, Forward P/E Ratio: not calculable, P/S Ratio: 1.00, P/B Ratio: 0.58, Dividend Yield: 4.83%.

Thomson Reuters Corporation (NYSE:TRI) has a market capitalization of USD 23.05 billion and operates within the "Information & Delivery Services" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: not calculable, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.70, P/S Ratio: 1.67, P/B Ratio: 1.40, Dividend Yield: 4.60%.

International Paper (NYSE:IP) has a market capitalization of USD 12.63 billion and operates within the "Paper & Paper Products" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.39, Forward P/E Ratio: 8.28, P/S Ratio: 0.48, P/B Ratio: 1.79, Dividend Yield: 3.64%.

Applied Materials (NASDAQ:AMAT) has a market capitalization of USD 13.38 billion and operates within the "Semiconductor Equipment & Materials" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.26, Forward P/E Ratio: 8.85, P/S Ratio: 1.38, P/B Ratio: 1.54, Dividend Yield: 3.47%.

Source: The Best Dividends On May 22, 2012