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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 27 to August 31). 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 3%
  • Ex-Dividend Date: Between August 27, 2012 and August 31, 2012

1. Crescent Point Energy Corp (CSCTF.PK): Crescent Point Energy engages in acquiring, exploiting, developing, and holding interests in light and medium oil and natural gas properties in Canada. Crescent Point Energy has a market cap of $14.0B and is currently trading around $42.3 with a 52 week range of $33.47 to $47.96. The dividend amount is 23 cents per share which is 6.6% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 29, 2012, Record date is August 31, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 17, 2012. The stock has -4.13% returns for the year 2012.

2. Sun Life Financial Inc (SLF): Sun Life Financial is an international financial services organization, provides a range of protection and wealth accumulation products and services to individuals and corporate customers. Sun Life Financial has a market cap of $13.8B and is currently trading around $23.2 with a 52 week range of $17.40 to $27.40. The dividend amount is 36 cents per share which is 6.28% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 27, 2012, Record date is August 29, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 28, 2012. The stock has 25.27% returns for the year 2012.

3. Great-West Lifeco Inc (OTCPK:GWLIF): Great-West Lifeco is a financial services holding company, operates in the life insurance, health insurance, retirement savings, investment management, and reinsurance businesses in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. Great-West Lifeco has a market cap of $21.3B and is currently trading around $22.45 with a 52 week range of $18.30 to $25.52. The dividend amount is 30.75 cents per share which is 5.54% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 29, 2012, Record date is August 31, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 28, 2012. The stock has 12.03% returns for the year 2012.

4. Lorillard Inc (LO): Lorillard manufactures and sells cigarettes in the United States. Lorillard has a market cap of $17.2B and is currently trading around $131.6 with a 52 week range of $105.29 to $141.07. The dividend amount is 1.55 per share which is 4.71% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 29, 2012, Record date is August 31, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 10, 2012. The stock has 15.44% returns for the year 2012.

5. Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT): Lockheed Martin engages in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, operation, and sustainment of advanced technology systems and products in the United States and internationally. Lockheed Martin has a market cap of $30.0B and is currently trading around $92.4 with a 52 week range of $68.17 to $92.50. The dividend amount is 1 per share which is 4.33% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 30, 2012, Record date is September 04, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 28, 2012. The stock has 14.22% returns for the year 2012.

6. Dominion Resources Inc (D): Dominion Resources engages in producing and transporting energy in the United States. Dominion has a market cap of $30.8B and is currently trading around $53.92 with a 52 week range of $46.70 to $55.62. The dividend amount is 52.75 cents per share which is 3.91% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 29, 2012, Record date is August 31, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 20, 2012. The stock has 1.58% returns for the year 2012.

7. Northeast Utilities (NU): Northeast Utilities is a public utility holding company, provides energy delivery services to residential, commercial, and industrial customers in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Northeast Utilities has a market cap of $12.1B and is currently trading around $38.54 with a 52 week range of $30.80 to $40.86. The dividend amount is 34.3 cents per share which is 3.56% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 29, 2012, Record date is August 31, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 28, 2012. The stock has 6.85% returns for the year 2012.

8. Mattel Inc (MAT): Mattel Inc designs, manufactures, and markets various toy products. Its products comprise fashion dolls and accessories, vehicles and play sets, and games and puzzles. Mattel has a market cap of $12.2B and is currently trading around $35.76 with a 52 week range of $23.50 to $35.84. The dividend amount is 31 cents per share which is 3.47% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 27, 2012, Record date is August 29, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 21, 2012. The stock has 28.82% returns for the year 2012.

9. NextEra Energy Inc (NEE): NextEra Energy engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy in the United States and Canada. NextEra Energy has a market cap of $29.0B and is currently trading around $69.6 with a 52 week range of $51.33 to $72.22. The dividend amount is 60 cents per share which is 3.45% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 29, 2012, Record date is August 31, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 17, 2012. The stock has 14.32% returns for the year 2012.

10. Kellogg Company (K): Kellogg Company manufactures and markets ready-to-eat cereal and convenience food products primarily in North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific. Kellogg has a market cap of $18.3B and is currently trading around $51.09 with a 52 week range of $46.33 to $55.30. The dividend amount is 44 cents per share which is 3.44% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 30, 2012, Record date is September 04, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 17, 2012. The stock has 1.05% returns for the year 2012.

11. BlackRock Inc (BLK): BlackRock is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors. BlackRock has a market cap of $30.9B and is currently trading around $178.79 with a 52 week range of $137.00 to $209.37. The dividend amount is 1.5 per share which is 3.36% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 30, 2012, Record date is September 04, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 24, 2012. The stock has 0.31% returns for the year 2012.

12. McDonald's Corporation (MCD): McDonald's Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, franchises and operates McDonald's restaurants primarily in the United States, Europe, the Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. McDonald's has a market cap of $88.1B and is currently trading around $87.36 with a 52 week range of $83.65 to $102.22. The dividend amount is 70 cents per share which is 3.21% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is August 30, 2012, Record date is September 04, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 18, 2012. The stock has -12.93% 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: 12 Large Caps With Over 3% Yield Going Ex-Dividend Next Week