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Here is a current overview of the best yielding stocks with a market capitalization 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 September 04, 2012. In total, 21 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend - of which 8 yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 4.08%.

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:

France Telecom (FTE) has a market capitalization of USD 36.82 billion and operates within the Telecom Services - Foreign industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 8.13, Forward P/E Ratio: 8.63, P/S Ratio: 0.66, P/B Ratio: 1.07, Dividend Yield: 12.30%.

SeaDrill Limited (NYSE:SDRL) has a market capitalization of USD 19.29billion and operates within the Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 20.61, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.53, P/S Ratio: 4.77, P/B Ratio: 3.16, Dividend Yield: 8.15%.

Weingarten Realty Investors (NYSE:WRI) has a market capitalization of USD 3.47 billion and operates within the REIT - Retail industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: not calculable, Forward P/E Ratio: 53.71, P/S Ratio: 6.34, P/B Ratio: 2.08, Dividend Yield: 4.15%.

China Mobile (NYSE:CHL) has a market capitalization of USD 215.83 billion and operates within the Wireless Communications industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.93, Forward P/E Ratio: 11.47, P/S Ratio: 2.52, P/B Ratio: 2.01, Dividend Yield: 4.06%.

Principal Financial Group (NYSE:PFG) has a market capitalization of USD 8.10 billion and operates within the Asset Management industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 13.93, Forward P/E Ratio: 8.19, P/S Ratio: 0.97, P/B Ratio: 0.86, Dividend Yield: 3.06%.

CNOOC (NYSE:CEO) has a market capitalization of USD 84.56 billion and operates within the Independent Oil & Gas industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 8.58, Forward P/E Ratio: 7.10, P/S Ratio: 2.29, P/B Ratio: 1.89, Dividend Yield: 2.93%.

Newmont Mining (NYSE:NEM) has a market capitalization of USD 24.90 billion and operates within the Gold industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 88.91, Forward P/E Ratio: 10.34, P/S Ratio: 2.39, P/B Ratio: 1.95, Dividend Yield: 2.76%.

The Interpublic Group of Companies (NYSE:IPG) has a market capitalization of USD 4.65 billion and operates within the Advertising Agencies industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 11.20, Forward P/E Ratio: 11.08, P/S Ratio: 0.66, P/B Ratio: 2.11, Dividend Yield: 2.26%.

Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE:BAH) has a market capitalization of USD 2.47 billion and operates within the Management Services industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 7.14, Forward P/E Ratio: 11.69, P/S Ratio: 0.42, P/B Ratio: 2.59, Dividend Yield: 1.96%.

Lear (NYSE:LEA) has a market capitalization of USD 3.01 billion and operates within the Auto Parts industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: not calculable, Forward P/E Ratio: 7.19, P/S Ratio: 0.30, P/B Ratio: 1.48, Dividend Yield: 1.44%.

Lender Processing Services (NYSE:LPS) has a market capitalization of USD 2.38 billion and operates within the Business Services industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 24.62, Forward P/E Ratio: 10.17, P/S Ratio: 0.92, P/B Ratio: 4.87, Dividend Yield: 1.43%.

Solera Holdings (NYSE:SLH) has a market capitalization of USD 2.88 billion and operates within the Business Software & Services industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 27.24, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.59, P/S Ratio: 3.64, P/B Ratio: 4.19, Dividend Yield: 1.22%.

Source: The 12 Best Dividends On September 4, 2012