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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 (September 03 to September 07). 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 September 03, 2012 and September 07, 2012

The following chart shows the dividend summary for these large-cap companies:

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1. CenturyLink Inc (NYSE:CTL): CenturyLink operates as an integrated telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides local and long-distance, network access, private line, public access, broadband, data, managed hosting, colocation, wireless, and video services to consumers and businesses. CenturyLink has a market cap of $26.3 billion and is currently trading around $41.96 with a 52 week range of $31.16 to $43.43. The dividend amount is 72.5 cents per share, which is 6.86% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 07, 2012, Record date is September 11, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 21, 2012. The stock has 12.8% returns for the year 2012.

2. Reynolds American Inc (NYSE:RAI): Reynolds American Inc., through its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells cigarette and other tobacco products in the United States. Reynolds American has a market cap of $25.7 billion and is currently trading around $45.55 with a 52 week range of $35.65 to $46.93. The dividend amount is 59 cents per share, which is 5.18% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 06, 2012, Record date is September 10, 2012 and the dividend payout date is October 01, 2012. The stock has 9.97% returns for the year 2012.

3. PPL Corporation (NYSE:PPL): PPL Corporation is an energy and utility holding company, engages in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electricity to wholesale and retail customers in the United States and the United Kingdom. PPL Corp has a market cap of $17.0 billion and is currently trading around $29.29 with a 52 week range of $26.68 to $30.27. The dividend amount is 36 cents per share which is 4.92% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 06, 2012, Record date is September 10, 2012 and the dividend payout date is October 01, 2012. The stock has -0.48% returns for the year 2012.

4. Public Service Enterprise Group Inc (NYSE:PEG): Public Service Enterprise Group operates in the energy industry primarily in the northeastern and mid Atlantic United States. Public Service Enterprise Group has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is currently trading around $32.05 with a 52 week range of $28.92 to $35.48. The dividend amount is 35.5 cents per share which is 4.42% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 07, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 28, 2012. The stock has -2.67% returns for the year 2012.

5. TELUS Corp (TU; OTC:TULCF): TELUS Corporation provides telecommunications products and services primarily in Canada. TELUS has a market cap of $20.8 billion and is currently trading around $64.92 with a 52 week range of $52.38 to $64.92. The dividend amount is 61 cents (Canadian) per share, which is 3.79% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 06, 2012, Record date is September 10, 2012 and the dividend payout date is October 01, 2012. The stock has 15.49% returns for the year 2012.

6. Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB): Kimberly-Clark Corporation engages in manufacturing and marketing health care products worldwide. Kimberly-Clark has a market cap of $33.0 billion and is currently trading around $83.62 with a 52 week range of $66.19 to $88.25. The dividend amount is 74 cents per share, which is 3.54% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 07, 2012 and the dividend payout date is October 02, 2012. The stock has 13.68% returns for the year 2012.

7. CME Group Inc (NASDAQ:CME): CME Group Inc operates the CME, CBOT, NYMEX and COMEX futures exchanges worldwide. CME Group has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is currently trading around $53.73 with a 52 week range of $44.94 to $60.92. The dividend amount is 45 cents per share, which is 3.35% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 06, 2012, Record date is September 10, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 25, 2012. The stock has 10.13% returns for the year 2012.

8. Baxter International Inc (NYSE:BAX): Baxter International develops, manufactures, and markets products for people with hemophilia, immune disorders, infectious diseases, kidney disease, trauma, and other chronic and acute medical conditions. Baxter has a market cap of $32.1 billion and is currently trading around $58.86 with a 52 week range of $47.55 to $60.54. The dividend amount is 45 cents per share, which is 3.06% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 07, 2012 and the dividend payout date is October 01, 2012. The stock has 18.73% returns for the year 2012.

9. PepsiCo Inc (NYSE:PEP): PepsiCo engages in the manufacture and sale of snacks, carbonated and non-carbonated beverages, dairy products, and other foods worldwide. PepsiCo has a market cap of $113.7 billion and is currently trading around $73.17 with a 52 week range of $58.50 to $73.66. The dividend amount is 53.75 cents per share, which is 2.94% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 07, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 28, 2012. The stock has 10.11% returns for the year 2012.

10. Stanley Black & Decker Inc (NYSE:SWK): Stanley Black & Decker provides power and hand tools, mechanical access solutions, and electronic security and monitoring systems primarily in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Canada. Stanley Black & Decker has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is currently trading around $67.21 with a 52 week range of $47.07 to $81.90. The dividend amount is 49 cents per share, which is 2.91% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 07, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 18, 2012. The stock has -0.21% returns for the year 2012.

11. Newmont Mining Corporation (NYSE:NEM): Newmont Mining Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, and production of gold and copper properties. Newmont Mining has a market cap of $24.2 billion and is currently trading around $49.04 with a 52 week range of $42.95 to $72.42. The dividend amount is 35 cents per share, which is 2.84% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 04, 2012, Record date is September 06, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 28, 2012. The stock has -17.96% returns for the year 2012.

12. The Travelers Companies Inc (NYSE:TRV): The Travelers Companies provides various commercial and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses, government units, associations, and individuals primarily in the United States. Travelers Companies has a market cap of $25.2 billion and is currently trading around $65.18 with a 52 week range of $45.97 to $65.72. The dividend amount is 46 cents per share, which is 2.81% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 06, 2012, Record date is September 10, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 28, 2012. The stock has 10.53% returns for the year 2012.

13. Johnson Controls Inc (NYSE:JCI): Johnson Controls engages in building efficiency, automotive experience, and power solutions businesses worldwide. Johnson Controls has a market cap of $18.5 billion and is currently trading around $26.93 with a 52 week range of $23.37 to $35.95. The dividend amount is 18 cents per share, which is 2.67% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 07, 2012 and the dividend payout date is October 02, 2012. The stock has -13.69% returns for the year 2012.

14. Ensco PLC (NYSE:ESV): Ensco plc provides offshore contract drilling services to the oil and gas industry worldwide. Ensco plc has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is currently trading around $56.99 with a 52 week range of $37.39 to $59.90. The dividend amount is 37.5 cents per share, which is 2.64% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 06, 2012, Record date is September 10, 2012 and the dividend payout date is September 21, 2012. The stock has 20.95% returns for the year 2012.

15. Northern Trust Corporation (NASDAQ:NTRS): Northern Trust provides asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, and fiduciary and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families, and individuals worldwide. Northern Trust has a market cap of $11.2 billion and is currently trading around $46.29 with a 52 week range of $33.20 to $48.31. The dividend amount is 30 cents per share, which is 2.58% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 10, 2012 and the dividend payout date is October 01, 2012. The stock has 17.17% returns for the year 2012.

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

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: Large Caps With Over 2.5% Yields Going Ex-Dividend The First Week Of September