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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 23, 2012. In total, 15 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend - of which 7 yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 2.59%.

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:

Atmos Energy (NYSE:ATO) has a market capitalization of USD 3.24 billion and operates within the "Gas Utilities" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.18, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.49, P/S Ratio: 0.87, P/B Ratio: 1.38, Dividend Yield: 3.84%.

Diebold (NYSE:DBD) has a market capitalization of USD 2.14 billion and operates within the "Business Equipment" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 11.12, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.17, P/S Ratio: 0.71, P/B Ratio: 2.51, Dividend Yield: 3.37%.

Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) has a market capitalization of USD 17.19 billion and operates within the "Aerospace/Defense - Major Diversified" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 8.91, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.89, P/S Ratio: 0.67, P/B Ratio: 1.61, Dividend Yield: 3.16%.

The Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE:SMG) has a market capitalization of USD 2.64 billion and operates within the "Agricultural Chemicals" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 35.69, Forward P/E Ratio: 16.87, P/S Ratio: 0.92, P/B Ratio: 3.92, Dividend Yield: 3.01%.

Assurant (NYSE:AIZ) has a market capitalization of USD 2.81 billion and operates within the "Accident & Health Insurance" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 7.48, Forward P/E Ratio: 6.10, P/S Ratio: 0.44, P/B Ratio: 0.57, Dividend Yield: 2.43%.

HollyFrontier (NYSE:HFC) has a market capitalization of USD 8.12 billion and operates within the "Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 5.62, Forward P/E Ratio: 8.22, P/S Ratio: 0.41, P/B Ratio: 1.52, Dividend Yield: 1.50%.

Pan American Silver (NASDAQ:PAAS) has a market capitalization of USD 2.59 billion and operates within the "Silver" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 8.10, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.55, P/S Ratio: 3.01, P/B Ratio: 0.94, Dividend Yield: 1.18%.

Vulcan Materials (NYSE:VMC) has a market capitalization of USD 5.19 billion and operates within the "General Building Materials" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: not calculable, Forward P/E Ratio: 174.26, P/S Ratio: 1.99, P/B Ratio: 1.39, Dividend Yield: 0.10%.

Source: The Best Dividends On August 23, 2012