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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 14, 2012. In total, 27 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend - of which 10 yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 3.30%.

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:

CenterPoint Energy (NYSE:CNP) has a market capitalization of USD 9.01 billion and operates within the "Diversified Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 11.65, Forward P/E Ratio: 16.60, P/S Ratio: 1.18, P/B Ratio: 2.08, Dividend Yield: 3.84%.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:MPC) has a market capitalization of USD 16.89 billion and operates within the "Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 7.03, Forward P/E Ratio: 6.91, P/S Ratio: 0.21, P/B Ratio: 1.83, Dividend Yield: 2.82%.

Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE:ADM) has a market capitalization of USD 17.08 billion and operates within the "Farm Products" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 14.17, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.97, P/S Ratio: 0.19, P/B Ratio: 0.94, Dividend Yield: 2.70%.

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) has a market capitalization of USD 255.02 billion and operates within the "Application Software" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 15.21, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.16, P/S Ratio: 3.46, P/B Ratio: 3.85, Dividend Yield: 2.63%.

Marathon Oil Corporation (NYSE:MRO) has a market capitalization of USD 19.68 billion and operates within the "Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 11.20, Forward P/E Ratio: 8.58, P/S Ratio: 1.28, P/B Ratio: 1.12, Dividend Yield: 2.44%.

Gerdau S.A. (NYSE:GGB) has a market capitalization of USD 16.77 billion and operates within the "Steel & Iron" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.53, Forward P/E Ratio: 6.72, P/S Ratio: 0.91, P/B Ratio: 1.25, Dividend Yield: 2.03%.

Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) has a market capitalization of USD 64.34 billion and operates within the "Biotechnology" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 17.72, Forward P/E Ratio: 11.99, P/S Ratio: 3.91, P/B Ratio: 3.31, Dividend Yield: 1.74%.

Franco-Nevada Corporation (NYSE:FNV) has a market capitalization of USD 6.93 billion and operates within the "Gold" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 343.71, Forward P/E Ratio: 39.44, P/S Ratio: 15.63, P/B Ratio: 2.26, Dividend Yield: 1.25%.

Source: The Best Dividends On August 14, 2012