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Here is a current overview of the best yielding stocks with a market capitalization of over $2 billion that have their ex-dividend date on the next trading day. So 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 03, 2012. In total, 28 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend - of which 24 yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 5.34%.

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:

Inergy (NRGY) has a market capitalization of USD 2.53 billion and operates within the "Gas Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: not calculable, Forward P/E Ratio: 24.95, P/S Ratio: 1.17, P/B Ratio: 2.22, Dividend Yield: 7.81%.

New York Community Bancorp (NYB) has a market capitalization of USD 5.70 billion and operates within the "Savings & Loans" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 11.68, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.47, P/S Ratio: 3.12, P/B Ratio: 1.02, Dividend Yield: 7.71%.

Linn Energy (NASDAQ:LINE) has a market capitalization of USD 7.90 billion and operates within the "Independent Oil & Gas" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 7.93, Forward P/E Ratio: 19.05, P/S Ratio: 3.76, P/B Ratio: 1.96, Dividend Yield: 7.32%.

DCP Midstream Partners (NYSE:DPM) has a market capitalization of USD 2.28 billion and operates within the "Oil & Gas Pipelines" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 19.86, Forward P/E Ratio: 25.05, P/S Ratio: 1.37, P/B Ratio: 2.23, Dividend Yield: 6.08%.

EV Energy Partners (NASDAQ:EVEP) has a market capitalization of USD 2.34 billion and operates within the "Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 12.62, Forward P/E Ratio: 41.25, P/S Ratio: 8.40, P/B Ratio: 1.96, Dividend Yield: 5.54%.

Magellan Midstream Partners (NYSE:MMP) has a market capitalization of USD 8.90 billion and operates within the "Oil & Gas Pipelines" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 21.34, Forward P/E Ratio: 18.66, P/S Ratio: 4.95, P/B Ratio: 6.09, Dividend Yield: 4.79%.

Health Care REIT (NYSE:HCN) has a market capitalization of USD 13.24 billion and operates within the "REIT - Healthcare Facilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 75.51, Forward P/E Ratio: 44.23, P/S Ratio: 8.22, P/B Ratio: 1.58, Dividend Yield: 4.78%.

FirstEnergy (NYSE:FE) has a market capitalization of USD 20.97 billion and operates within the "Electric Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 18.43, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.57, P/S Ratio: 1.25, P/B Ratio: 1.57, Dividend Yield: 4.39%.

Source: The Best Dividends On August 3, 2012