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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 22, 2012. In total, 33 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend - of which 14 yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 4.16%.

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:

Pembina Pipeline Corporation (PBA) has a market capitalization of USD 8.01 billion and operates within the "Oil & Gas Pipelines" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 28.78, Forward P/E Ratio: not calculable, P/S Ratio: 3.74, P/B Ratio: 1.86, Dividend Yield: 5.86%.

CRH (CRH) has a market capitalization of USD 12.98 billion and operates within the "Cement" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.93, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.36, P/S Ratio: 0.57, P/B Ratio: 1.01, Dividend Yield: 4.38%.

Williams Companies (WMB) has a market capitalization of USD 20.15 billion and operates within the "Oil & Gas Pipelines" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 25.74, Forward P/E Ratio: 22.82, P/S Ratio: 2.54, P/B Ratio: 6.82, Dividend Yield: 3.89%.

Pearson (PSO) has a market capitalization of USD 15.98 billion and operates within the "Publishing - Books" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.64, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.13, P/S Ratio: 1.68, P/B Ratio: 1.76, Dividend Yield: 3.51%.

Prudential (PUK) has a market capitalization of USD 32.60 billion and operates within the "Life Insurance" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 13.35, Forward P/E Ratio: 10.20, P/S Ratio: 0.53, P/B Ratio: 2.23, Dividend Yield: 3.15%.

Carnival Corporation (CCL) has a market capitalization of USD 26.67 billion and operates within the "Resorts & Casinos" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 18.92, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.76, P/S Ratio: 1.68, P/B Ratio: 1.16, Dividend Yield: 2.92%.

Carnival (CUK) has a market capitalization of USD 26.70 billion and operates within the "General Entertainment" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 18.94, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.24, P/S Ratio: 1.68, P/B Ratio: 1.16, Dividend Yield: 2.92%.

3M (MMM) has a market capitalization of USD 64.91 billion and operates within the "Conglomerates" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 15.34, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.55, P/S Ratio: 2.19, P/B Ratio: 3.96, Dividend Yield: 2.51%.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) has a market capitalization of USD 7.59 billion and operates within the "Lodging" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 13.28, Forward P/E Ratio: 17.23, P/S Ratio: 4.22, P/B Ratio: 10.84, Dividend Yield: 2.31%.

Hershey (HSY) has a market capitalization of USD 16.37 billion and operates within the "Confectioners" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 24.61, Forward P/E Ratio: 20.32, P/S Ratio: 2.58, P/B Ratio: 15.39, Dividend Yield: 2.10%.

Robert Half International (RHI) has a market capitalization of USD 4.11 billion and operates within the "Staffing & Outsourcing Services" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 22.65, Forward P/E Ratio: 16.20, P/S Ratio: 1.03, P/B Ratio: 5.08, Dividend Yield: 2.07%.

Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS) has a market capitalization of USD 2.46 billion and operates within the "Personal Products" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 12.98, Forward P/E Ratio: 11.18, P/S Ratio: 1.24, P/B Ratio: 4.36, Dividend Yield: 1.95%.

Source: The Best Dividends On August 22, 2012