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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 24, 2012. In total, 16 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend - of which 4 yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 2.14%.

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:

GameStop (NYSE:GME) has a market capitalization of USD 2.45 billion and operates within the "Electronics Stores" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 8.00, Forward P/E Ratio: 5.56, P/S Ratio: 0.27, P/B Ratio: 0.84, Dividend Yield: 5.32%.

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) has a market capitalization of USD 186.79 billion and operates within the "Drug Manufacturers - Major" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 21.58, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.39, P/S Ratio: 2.88, P/B Ratio: 3.08, Dividend Yield: 3.60%.

KeyCorp (NYSE:KEY) has a market capitalization of USD 7.87 billion and operates within the "Money Center Banks" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 9.37, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.70, P/S Ratio: 2.86, P/B Ratio: 0.78, Dividend Yield: 2.40%.

The McGraw-Hill Companies (MHP) has a market capitalization of USD 13.88 billion and operates within the "Publishing - Books" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 17.25, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.31, P/S Ratio: 2.20, P/B Ratio: 8.23, Dividend Yield: 2.06%.

Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE:PH) has a market capitalization of USD 12.41 billion and operates within the "Industrial Equipment & Components" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 11.05, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.99, P/S Ratio: 0.94, P/B Ratio: 2.53, Dividend Yield: 2.00%.

Choice Hotels International (NYSE:CHH) has a market capitalization of USD 2.50 billion and operates within the "Lodging" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 21.44, Forward P/E Ratio: 22.22, P/S Ratio: 3.78, P/B Ratio: not calculable, Dividend Yield: 1.72%.

Carpenter Technology (NYSE:CRS) has a market capitalization of USD 2.65 billion and operates within the "Metal Fabrication" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 20.14, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.09, P/S Ratio: 1.30, P/B Ratio: 2.40, Dividend Yield: 1.42%.

Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) has a market capitalization of USD 7.02 billion and operates within the "Lodging" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 20.44, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.78, P/S Ratio: 1.92, P/B Ratio: 3.14, Dividend Yield: 1.01%.

Nordson Corporation (NASDAQ:NDSN) has a market capitalization of USD 3.94 billion and operates within the "Diversified Machinery" industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 20.29, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.84, P/S Ratio: 3.19, P/B Ratio: 6.83, Dividend Yield: 0.98%.

Source: The Best Dividends On August 24, 2012