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There are many different strategies to trade and one of them is to look for dividend stocks. Investors like dividend stocks as long-term investments, as these dividend payments tend to protect the stock price from the market volatility that affects non-dividend paying stocks. However, careful analysis of dividend stocks and choosing the right dividend stocks at the right time is critical for investors.

In this article, I will focus on large-cap stocks with a high dividend yield and with their ex-dividend date within the next week (August 20 to August 24). These stocks are screened based on the following criteria:

  • Security Type: Common Stock
  • Market Cap: Greater than $10 billion
  • Dividend Yield: Greater than or equal to 2.5%
  • Ex-Dividend Date: Between August 20, 2012 and August 24, 2012

1. Thomson Reuters Corp (NYSE:TRI): Thomson Reuters provides intelligent information for businesses and professionals worldwide. Thomson Reuters has a market cap of $24.1 billion and is currently trading around $29.20 with a 52 week range of $25.28 to $32.08. The dividend amount is 32 cents per share which is 4.38% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 21, 2012, Record date is August 23, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 17, 2012. The stock has 9.49% returns for the year 2012.

2. The Williams Companies Inc (NYSE:WMB): The Williams Companies operates as an energy infrastructure company in the United States. Williams Companies has a market cap of $19.9 billion and is currently trading around $31.78 with a 52 week range of $21.90 to $34.63. The dividend amount is 31.25 cents per share which is 3.93% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 22, 2012, Record date is August 24, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 10, 2012. The stock has fallen 3.76% for the year 2012.

3. Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ): Johnson & Johnson engages in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. Johnson & Johnson has a market cap of $188.7 billion and is currently trading around $68.46 with a 52 week range of $60.83 to $69.75. The dividend amount is 61 cents per share which is 3.56% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 24, 2012, Record date is August 28, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 11, 2012. The stock has 4.39% returns for the year 2012.

4. Applied Materials Inc (NASDAQ:AMAT): Applied Materials provides manufacturing equipment, services, and software to the semiconductor, flat panel display, solar photovoltaic (PV), and related industries worldwide. Applied Materials has a market cap of $15.1 billion and is currently trading around $11.81 with a 52 week range of $9.70 to $13.94. The dividend amount is 9 cents per share which is 3.05% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 21, 2012, Record date is August 23, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 13, 2012. The stock has 10.27% returns for the year 2012.

5. Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL): Carnival Corporation operates as a cruise and vacation company worldwide. Carnival has a market cap of $20.3 billion and is currently trading around $33.99 with a 52 week range of $28.52 to $37.31. The dividend amount is 25 cents per share which is 2.94% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 22, 2012, Record date is August 24, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 14, 2012. The stock has 4.14% returns for the year 2012.

6. Invesco Ltd (NYSE:IVZ): Invesco is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to individuals, typically high net worth individuals. It also manages accounts for institutions. Invesco has a market cap of $10.6 billion and is currently trading around $23.74 with a 52 week range of $14.52 to $26.94. The dividend amount is 17.25 cents per share which is 2.91% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 20, 2012, Record date is August 22, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 07, 2012. The stock has 18.17% returns for the year 2012.

Sources: Some of the data is sourced from Google Finance, Yahoo Finance, Fidelity and investor sites.

Additional Disclosure: I change my positions very frequently and may initiate either long or short positions in the above mentioned stocks at any time.

Disclaimer: I am not a registered investment advisor and do not provide specific investment advice. The information contained herein is for informational purposes only. Nothing in this article should be taken as a solicitation to purchase or sell securities. Before buying or selling any stock you should do your own research and reach your own conclusion. It is up to investors to make the correct decision after necessary research.

Source: 6 Large Caps With Over 2.5% Yield Going Ex-Dividend Next Week