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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 16, 2012. In total, 23 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend - of which 12 yield more than 3%. The average yield amounts to 4.25%.

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:

CPFL Energia (NYSE:CPL) has a market capitalization of USD 11.40 billion and operates within the "Foreign Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.12, Forward P/E Ratio: 27.88, P/S Ratio: 1.68, P/B Ratio: 3.31, Dividend Yield: 6.26%.

Highwoods Properties (NYSE:HIW) has a market capitalization of USD 2.53 billion and operates within the "REIT - Office" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 63.94, Forward P/E Ratio: 54.51, P/S Ratio: 4.96, P/B Ratio: 2.46, Dividend Yield: 5.11%.

Macerich (NYSE:MAC) has a market capitalization of USD 7.67 billion and operates within the "REIT - Retail" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 34.70, Forward P/E Ratio: 66.98, P/S Ratio: 9.14, P/B Ratio: 2.75, Dividend Yield: 3.82%.

PartnerRe (NYSE:PRE) has a market capitalization of USD 4.63 billion and operates within the "Property & Casualty Insurance" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 7.71, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.87, P/S Ratio: 0.84, P/B Ratio: 0.70, Dividend Yield: 3.33%.

Ryder System (NYSE:R) has a market capitalization of USD 2.09 billion and operates within the "Rental & Leasing Services" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 11.33, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.36, P/S Ratio: 0.34, P/B Ratio: 1.51, Dividend Yield: 3.03%.

The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ:CG) has a market capitalization of USD 2.70 billion and operates within the "Asset Management" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 5.18, Forward P/E Ratio: 10.93, P/S Ratio: 0.66, P/B Ratio: 0.47, Dividend Yield: 2.57%.

Honeywell International (NYSE:HON) has a market capitalization of USD 45.61 billion and operates within the "Aerospace/Defense Products & Services" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 21.97, Forward P/E Ratio: 11.69, P/S Ratio: 1.22, P/B Ratio: 3.80, Dividend Yield: 2.55%.

Snap-on (NYSE:SNA) has a market capitalization of USD 3.99 billion and operates within the "Small Tools & Accessories" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 13.90, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.42, P/S Ratio: 1.37, P/B Ratio: 2.44, Dividend Yield: 1.98%.

Moody's (NYSE:MCO) has a market capitalization of USD 8.67 billion and operates within the "Business Services" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 15.47, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.31, P/S Ratio: 3.63, P/B Ratio: 88.61, Dividend Yield: 1.64%.

FLIR Systems (NASDAQ:FLIR) has a market capitalization of USD 3.13 billion and operates within the "Aerospace/Defense Products & Services" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 14.12, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.05, P/S Ratio: 2.14, P/B Ratio: 2.03, Dividend Yield: 1.35%.

Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ:TSCO) has a market capitalization of USD 6.40 billion and operates within the "Specialty Retail, Other" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 25.52, Forward P/E Ratio: 20.86, P/S Ratio: 1.41, P/B Ratio: 6.02, Dividend Yield: 0.89%.

Source: The Best Dividends On August 16, 2012