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Here is a current overview of the best yielding stocks with a market capitalization over $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 on July 06, 2012. In total, 20 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend of which 10 yielding above 3%. The average yield amounts to 3.11%.

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:

Enerplus Corporation (NYSE:ERF) has a market capitalization of USD 2.59 billion and operates within the "Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 48.63, Forward P/E Ratio: 109.42, P/S Ratio: 2.28, P/B Ratio: 0.77, Dividend Yield: 8.03%.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) has a market capitalization of USD 127.70 billion and operates within the "Telecom Services - Domestic" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 48.33, Forward P/E Ratio: 16.11, P/S Ratio: 1.14, P/B Ratio: 3.48, Dividend Yield: 4.45%.

WGL Holdings (NYSE:WGL) has a market capitalization of USD 2.08 billion and operates within the "Gas Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 21.50, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.61, P/S Ratio: 0.83, P/B Ratio: 1.58, Dividend Yield: 3.96%.

Darden Restaurants (NYSE:DRI) has a market capitalization of USD 6.59 billion and operates within the "Restaurants" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 14.28, Forward P/E Ratio: 11.49, P/S Ratio: 0.82, P/B Ratio: 3.58, Dividend Yield: 3.90%.

General Mills (NYSE:GIS) has a market capitalization of USD 25.26 billion and operates within the "Processed & Packaged Goods" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.60, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.41, P/S Ratio: 1.52, P/B Ratio: 3.94, Dividend Yield: 3.38%.

UDR (NYSE:UDR) has a market capitalization of USD 6.49 billion and operates within the "REIT - Residential" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: not calculable, Forward P/E Ratio: not calculable, P/S Ratio: 8.69, P/B Ratio: 2.36, Dividend Yield: 3.35%.

OGE Energy (NYSE:OGE) has a market capitalization of USD 4.79 billion and operates within the "Electric Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 21.93, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.07, P/S Ratio: 1.27, P/B Ratio: 2.02, Dividend Yield: 3.01%.

Focus Media Holding (NASDAQ:FMCN) has a market capitalization of USD 3.03 billion and operates within the "Advertising Agencies" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 9.60, Forward P/E Ratio: 8.10, P/S Ratio: 3.58, P/B Ratio: 2.35, Dividend Yield: 2.32%.

MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE:MSM) has a market capitalization of USD 4.14 billion and operates within the "Industrial Equipment Wholesale" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.65, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.64, P/S Ratio: 1.84, P/B Ratio: 3.64, Dividend Yield: 1.53%.

Lincoln National (NYSE:LNC) has a market capitalization of USD 6.20 billion and operates within the "Life Insurance" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 46.23, Forward P/E Ratio: 4.87, P/S Ratio: 0.58, P/B Ratio: 0.47, Dividend Yield: 1.47%.

Source: The 10 Best Large Cap Dividend Stocks Of July 06, 2012