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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 August 01, 2012. In total, 36 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend - of which 20 yield above 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 4.53%.

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:

Natural Resource Partners (NYSE:NRP) has a market capitalization of USD 2.23 billion and operates within the "Industrial Metals & Minerals" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 37.55, Forward P/E Ratio: 11.81, P/S Ratio: 5.80, P/B Ratio: 3.53, Dividend Yield: 10.46%.

Spectra Energy Partners (NYSE:SEP) has a market capitalization of USD 3.19 billion and operates within the "Oil & Gas Pipelines" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 20.13, Forward P/E Ratio: 18.73, P/S Ratio: 14.77, P/B Ratio: 1.88, Dividend Yield: 5.99%.

Williams Partners (NYSE:WPZ) has a market capitalization of USD 17.38 billion and operates within the "Specialty Chemicals" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 14.74, Forward P/E Ratio: 20.15, P/S Ratio: 2.54, P/B Ratio: 2.69, Dividend Yield: 5.78%.

Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE:PAA) has a market capitalization of USD 13.98 billion and operates within the "Oil & Gas Pipelines" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 17.29, Forward P/E Ratio: 16.99, P/S Ratio: 0.39, P/B Ratio: 2.33, Dividend Yield: 4.92%.

First Niagara Financial Group (NASDAQ:FNFG) has a market capitalization of USD 2.68 billion and operates within the "Savings & Loans" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 12.88, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.05, P/S Ratio: 2.34, P/B Ratio: 0.55, Dividend Yield: 4.21%.

CMS Energy (NYSE:CMS) has a market capitalization of USD 6.49 billion and operates within the "Electric Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 19.23, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.13, P/S Ratio: 1.05, P/B Ratio: 2.10, Dividend Yield: 3.87%.

Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) has a market capitalization of USD 177.54 billion and operates within the "Drug Manufacturers - Major" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 22.37, Forward P/E Ratio: 10.22, P/S Ratio: 2.68, P/B Ratio: 2.13, Dividend Yield: 3.71%.

Source: The Best Dividends On August 1, 2012