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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 15, 2012. In total, 73 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend - of which 40 yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 3.75%.

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 4.41 billion and operates within the "Agricultural Chemicals" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 14.67, Forward P/E Ratio: is not calculable, P/S Ratio: 5.53, P/B Ratio: 16.76, Dividend Yield: 7.01%.

AGL Resources (NYSE:GAS) has a market capitalization of USD 4.75 billion and operates within the "Gas Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 23.22, Forward P/E Ratio: is not calculable, P/S Ratio: 1.50, P/B Ratio: 1.39, Dividend Yield: 4.55%.

Duke Energy Corporation (NYSE:DUK) has a market capitalization of USD 90.36 billion and operates within the "Electric Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 20.30, Forward P/E Ratio: 16.60, P/S Ratio: 6.22, P/B Ratio: 1.36, Dividend Yield: 4.49%.

Plum Creek Timber (NYSE:PCL) has a market capitalization of USD 6.52 billion and operates within the "REIT - Industrial" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 37.06, Forward P/E Ratio: 28.45, P/S Ratio: 5.27, P/B Ratio: 5.43, Dividend Yield: 4.16%.

HSBC Holdings (HBC) has a market capitalization of USD 162.40 billion and operates within the "Foreign Money Center Banks" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.39, Forward P/E Ratio: 6.74, P/S Ratio: 2.64, P/B Ratio: 0.90, Dividend Yield: 4.05%.

Sonoco Products (NYSE:SON) has a market capitalization of USD 3.06 billion and operates within the "Paper & Paper Products" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 15.41, Forward P/E Ratio: 11.91, P/S Ratio: 0.65, P/B Ratio: 2.11, Dividend Yield: 3.95%.

British American Tobacco (NYSEMKT:BTI) has a market capitalization of USD 105.54 billion and operates within the "Cigarettes" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 21.56, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.64, P/S Ratio: 4.36, P/B Ratio: 9.37, Dividend Yield: 3.86%.

Questar Corporation (NYSE:STR) has a market capitalization of USD 3.62 billion and operates within the "Independent Oil & Gas" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 17.08, Forward P/E Ratio: 16.26, P/S Ratio: 3.25, P/B Ratio: 3.42, Dividend Yield: 3.35%.

Bemis Company (NYSE:BMS) has a market capitalization of USD 3.14 billion and operates within the "Packaging & Containers" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 19.38, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.46, P/S Ratio: 0.60, P/B Ratio: 1.99, Dividend Yield: 3.29%.

Chevron Corporation (NYSE:CVX) has a market capitalization of USD 222.27 billion and operates within the "Major Integrated Oil & Gas" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 8.43, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.25, P/S Ratio: 0.90, P/B Ratio: 1.78, Dividend Yield: 3.18%.

Emerson Electric (NYSE:EMR) has a market capitalization of USD 37.20 billion and operates within the "Industrial Equipment & Components" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 15.59, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.60, P/S Ratio: 1.53, P/B Ratio: 3.52, Dividend Yield: 3.13%.

Apartment Investment & Management (NYSE:AIV) has a market capitalization of USD 3.78 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: is not calculable, P/S Ratio: 3.45, P/B Ratio: 3.27, Dividend Yield: 3.08%.

Walgreen (NYSE:WAG) has a market capitalization of USD 30.88 billion and operates within the "Drug Stores" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 12.40, Forward P/E Ratio: 11.87, P/S Ratio: 0.43, P/B Ratio: 2.05, Dividend Yield: 3.06%.

Rockwood Holdings (NYSE:ROC) has a market capitalization of USD 3.58 billion and operates within the "Specialty Chemicals" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 8.40, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.84, P/S Ratio: 1.00, P/B Ratio: 2.22, Dividend Yield: 3.03%.

Linear Technology (NASDAQ:LLTC) has a market capitalization of USD 7.63 billion and operates within the "Semiconductor - Specialized" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 19.49, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.28, P/S Ratio: 6.02, P/B Ratio: 10.39, Dividend Yield: 3.02%.

Source: The Best Dividends On August 15, 2012