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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 small 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 $250 million and less than $2 billion

  • Dividend Yield: Greater than or equal to 3.5%

  • Ex-Dividend Date: Between September 03, 2012 and September 07, 2012

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

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1. Tsakos Energy Navigation Ltd (NYSE:TNP): Tsakos Energy Navigation provides seaborne crude oil and petroleum product transportation services worldwide. Tsakos Energy has a market cap of $321.5 million and is currently trading around $5.63 with a 52 week range of $4.71 to $9.14. The dividend amount is 15 cents per share, which is 10.49% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 07, 2012, and the dividend payout date is September 14, 2012. The stock has 19.67% returns for the year 2012.

2. SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd (NYSE:BOX-OLD): SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd operates as a container leasing company worldwide. SeaCube Container Leasing Ltd has a market cap of $385.3 million and is currently trading around $19.25 with a 52 week range of $10.26 to $19.40. The dividend amount is 29 cents per share, which is 6.11% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 07, 2012, and the dividend payout date is September 14, 2012. The stock has 28.22% returns for the year 2012.

3. Quad/Graphics Inc (NYSE:QUAD): Quad/Graphics engages in the provision of print and related products and services in North America, Latin America, and Europe. Quad/Graphics has a market cap of $812.8 million and is currently trading around $17.25 with a 52 week range of $11.25 to $22.13. The dividend amount is 25 cents per share, which is 5.95% 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 17.29% returns for the year 2012.

4. Torstar Corporation (OTC:TORSF): Torstar Corporation engages in the media and book publishing businesses in North America and internationally. Torstar Corp has a market cap of $624.5 million and is currently trading around $9.04 with a 52 week range of $8.13 to $10.46. The dividend amount is 13.125 cents per share, which is 5.84% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 07, 2012, and the dividend payout date is September 30, 2012. The stock has 9.94% returns for the year 2012.

5. Univest Corporation Of Pennsylvania (NASDAQ:UVSP): Univest Corp of Pennsylvania provides various financial solutions, including personal and business banking, online banking, residential mortgages, insurance products, and investment and wealth advisory solutions. Univest Corp of Pennsylvania has a market cap of $268.2 million and is currently trading around $16.18 with a 52 week range of $12.09 to $17.46. The dividend amount is 20 cents per share, which is 5% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 04, 2012, Record date is September 06, 2012, and the dividend payout date is October 01, 2012. The stock has 9.29% returns for the year 2012.

6. TrustCo Bank Corp NY (NASDAQ:TRST): TrustCo Bank Corp NY operates as the holding company for Trustco Bank that provides general banking services to individuals, partnerships, and corporations. TrustCo Bank Corp NY has a market cap of $524.4 million and is currently trading around $5.59 with a 52 week range of $4.09 to $5.93. The dividend amount is 6.563 cents per share, which is 4.7% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 06, 2012, and the dividend payout date is October 01, 2012. The stock has -0.36% returns for the year 2012.

7. American National Insurance Company (NASDAQ:ANAT): American National Insurance Company provides insurance products and services in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and American Samoa. American National Insurance Co has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is currently trading around $69.98 with a 52 week range of $65.71 to $78.08. The dividend amount is 77 cents per share, which is 4.39% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 07, 2012, and the dividend payout date is September 21, 2012. The stock has -4.01% returns for the year 2012.

8. Tower Group Inc (NASDAQ:TWGP): Tower Group provides commercial, specialty, and personal property and casualty insurance products and services to businesses in various industries and to individuals in the United States. Tower Group has a market cap of $699.6 million and is currently trading around $18.20 with a 52 week range of $17.72 to $24.64. The dividend amount is 18.75 cents per share, which is 4.11% 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 -9.62% returns for the year 2012.

9. NL Industries Inc (NYSE:NL): NL Industries Inc., through its subsidiary, CompX International Inc., operates in the component products industry in the United States, Canada, and Taiwan. NL Industries has a market cap of $598.6 million and is currently trading around $12.3 with a 52 week range of $11.02 to $16.12. The dividend amount is 12.5 cents per share, which is 4.11% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 07, 2012, and the dividend payout date is September 26, 2012. The stock has -6.09% returns for the year 2012.

10. Brooks Automation Inc (NASDAQ:BRKS): Brooks Automation provides automation, vacuum, and instrumentation solutions for semiconductor manufacturing, life sciences, and clean energy markets worldwide. Brooks Automation has a market cap of $520.6 million and is currently trading around $7.89 with a 52 week range of $7.40 to $12.65. The dividend amount is 8 cents per share, which is 4.07% 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 -23.47% returns for the year 2012.

11. The Laclede Group Inc (NYSE:LG): The Laclede Group Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the retail distribution, sale, and marketing of natural gas. Laclede Group has a market cap of $946.1 million and is currently trading around $41.97 with a 52 week range of $36.53 to $43.31. The dividend amount is 41.5 cents per share, which is 3.95% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 07, 2012, Record date is September 11, 2012, and the dividend payout date is October 02, 2012. The stock has 3.85% returns for the year 2012.

12. ManTech International Corporation (NASDAQ:MANT): ManTech International Corporation provides technologies and solutions for national security programs in the United States and internationally. ManTech International has a market cap of $801.5 million and is currently trading around $21.70 with a 52 week range of $19.74 to $38.19. The dividend amount is 21 cents per share, which is 3.85% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 07, 2012, and the dividend payout date is September 21, 2012. The stock has -30.19% returns for the year 2012.

13. Chemical Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:CHFC): Chemical Financial Corporation operates as the financial holding company of Chemical Bank that offers banking and fiduciary products and services to residents and business customers in Michigan. Chemical Financial Corp has a market cap of $629.1 million and is currently trading around $22.86 with a 52 week range of $14.56 to $24.32. The dividend amount is 21 cents per share, which is 3.67% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 07, 2012, and the dividend payout date is September 21, 2012. The stock has 7.32% returns for the year 2012.

14. GMP Capital Inc (OTCPK:GMPXF): GMP Capital Inc operates as an independent investment dealer. GMP Capital has a market cap of $386.4 million and is currently trading around $5.52 with a 52 week range of $5.04 to $8.60. The dividend amount is 5 cents per share, which is 3.65% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 06, 2012, Record date is September 10, 2012, and the dividend payout date is September 30, 2012. The stock has -20.73% returns for the year 2012.

15. WesBanco Inc (NASDAQ:WSBC): WesBanco operates as a holding company for WesBanco Bank, Inc. that provides retail banking, corporate banking, personal and corporate trust services, and mortgage banking and insurance services. WesBanco has a market cap of $538.3 million and is currently trading around $20.19 with a 52 week range of $16.06 to $22.64. The dividend amount is 18 cents per share, which is 3.58% 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 3.34% returns for the year 2012.

16. Kaydon Corporation (NYSE:KDN): Kaydon Corporation engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of custom engineered, performance-critical products in the United States, Germany, and internationally. Kaydon Corp has a market cap of $716.4 million and is currently trading around $22.33 with a 52 week range of $19.80 to $39.22. The dividend amount is 20 cents per share, which is 3.57% 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 -26.56% returns for the year 2012.

17. Computer Modelling Group Ltd (OTC:CMDXF): Computer Modelling Group Ltd is a computer software engineering and consulting firm, engages in the development, sale, and technology transfer of reservoir simulation software. Computer Modelling has a market cap of $679.7 million and is currently trading around $18.31 with a 52 week range of $12.50 to $18.33. The dividend amount is 16 cents per share, which is 3.55% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 05, 2012, Record date is September 07, 2012, and the dividend payout date is September 14, 2012. The stock has 21.07% 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: Small Caps With Over 3.5% Yields Going Ex-Dividend The First Week Of September