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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. 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 09, 2012. In total, 73 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend - of which 40 yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 3.71%.

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:

Terra Nitrogen Company (NYSE:TNH) has a market capitalization of USD 4.34 billion and operates within the "Agricultural Chemicals" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 15.13, Forward P/E Ratio: not calculable, P/S Ratio: 5.43, P/B Ratio: 18.11, Dividend Yield: 6.92%.

AGL Resources (NYSE:GAS) has a market capitalization of USD 4.77 billion and operates within the "Gas Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 23.30, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.61, P/S Ratio: 1.50, P/B Ratio: 1.40, Dividend Yield: 4.54%.

Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) has a market capitalization of USD 90.14 billion and operates within the "Electric Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 20.25, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.94, P/S Ratio: 6.20, P/B Ratio: 1.35, Dividend Yield: 4.50%.

Plum Creek Timber (NYSE:PCL) has a market capitalization of USD 6.53 billion and operates within the "REIT - Industrial" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 37.07, Forward P/E Ratio: 28.46, P/S Ratio: 5.27, P/B Ratio: 5.43, Dividend Yield: 4.16%.

HSBC Holdings (HBC) has a market capitalization of USD 159.66 billion and operates within the "Foreign Money Center Banks" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.22, Forward P/E Ratio: 6.63, P/S Ratio: 2.60, P/B Ratio: 0.96, Dividend Yield: 4.12%.

Sonoco Products (NYSE:SON) has a market capitalization of USD 3.07 billion and operates within the "Paper & Paper Products" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 15.50, Forward P/E Ratio: 11.98, P/S Ratio: 0.66, P/B Ratio: 2.12, Dividend Yield: 3.93%.

British American Tobacco (NYSEMKT:BTI) has a market capitalization of USD 105.64 billion and operates within the "Cigarettes" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 21.62, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.65, P/S Ratio: 4.38, P/B Ratio: 9.34, Dividend Yield: 3.86%.

Bemis Company (NYSE:BMS) has a market capitalization of USD 3.13 billion and operates within the "Packaging & Containers" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 19.34, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.43, P/S Ratio: 0.60, P/B Ratio: 1.99, Dividend Yield: 3.29%.

Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) has a market capitalization of USD 219.66 billion and operates within the "Major Integrated Oil & Gas" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 8.39, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.13, P/S Ratio: 0.89, P/B Ratio: 1.76, Dividend Yield: 3.22%.

Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) has a market capitalization of USD 36.53 billion and operates within the "Industrial Equipment & Components" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 15.91, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.03, P/S Ratio: 1.52, P/B Ratio: 3.48, Dividend Yield: 3.21%.

Source: The Best Dividends On August 9, 2012