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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 10 to September 14). 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 10, 2012 and September 14, 2012

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

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1. Altria Group Inc (MO): Altria Group engages in the manufacture and sale of cigarettes, smokeless products, and wine in the United States and internationally. Altria Group has a market cap of $69.0 billion and is currently trading around $33.96, with a 52-week range of $25.27 to $36.29. The dividend amount is 44 cents per share, which is 5.18% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 12, 2012, Record date is September 14, 2012, and the dividend payout date is October 10, 2012. The stock has 14.54% returns for the year 2012.

2. BCE Inc (BCE): BCE Inc provides wire line, wireless, Internet, and television services to residential, business, and wholesale customers primarily in Canada. BCE Inc has a market cap of $34.4 billion and is currently trading around $44.49, with a 52-week range of $35.74 to $45.62. The dividend amount is 56.75 cents per share which is 5.17% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 12, 2012, Record date is September 14, 2012, and the dividend payout date is October 15, 2012. The stock has 6.77% returns for the year 2012.

3. DTE Energy Company (DTE): DTE Energy Company operates as an electric and natural gas utility company in Michigan. DTE Energy Company has a market cap of $10.0 billion and is currently trading around $58.4 with a 52-week range of $47.03 to $62.56. The dividend amount is 62 cents per share which is 4.25% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 13, 2012, Record date is September 17, 2012 and the dividend payout date is October 15, 2012. The stock has 7.25% returns for the year 2012.

4. Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI): Rogers Communications operates as a communications and media company in Canada. The company's Wireless segment provides retail and business voice and data wireless communications services. Rogers Communications has a market cap of $20.81 billion and is currently trading around $40.39, with a 52-week range of $32.27 to $41.11. The dividend amount is 39.5 cents per share, which is 3.97% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 12, 2012, Record date is September 14, 2012, and the dividend payout date is October 03, 2012. The stock has 4.88% returns for the year 2012.

5. Merck & Co Inc (MRK): Merck provides various health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health, and consumer care products. Merck has a market cap of $131.1 billion and is currently trading around $43.05, with a 52-week range of $30.54 to $45.17. The dividend amount is 42 cents per share, which is 3.9% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 13, 2012, Record date is September 17, 2012, and the dividend payout date is October 05, 2012. The stock has 14.19% returns for the year 2012.

6. HJ Heinz Company (HNZ): HJ Heinz Company manufactures and markets food products for consumers, and foodservice and institutional customers in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, and internationally. HJ Heinz has a market cap of $17.8 billion and is currently trading around $55.72, with a 52-week range of $48.54 to $58.31. The dividend amount is 51.5 cents per share, which is 3.7% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 13, 2012, Record date is September 17, 2012, and the dividend payout date is October 10, 2012. The stock has 3.11% returns for the year 2012.

7. Encana Corporation (ECA): Encana Corporation and its subsidiaries engage in the exploration for, development, production, and marketing of natural gas, oil, and natural gas liquids. Encana Corporation has a market cap of $16.3 billion and is currently trading around $22.2, with a 52-week range of $17.02 to $25.20. The dividend amount is 20 cents per share, which is 3.6% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 12, 2012, Record date is September 14, 2012 ,and the dividend payout date is September 28, 2012. The stock has 19.81% returns for the year 2012.

8. Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ): Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers and small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), as well as to the government, health, and education sectors worldwide. Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $33.3 billion and is currently trading around $16.88, with a 52-week range of $16.77 to $30.00. The dividend amount is 13.2 cents per share, which is 3.13% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 10, 2012, Record date is September 12, 2012, and the dividend payout date is October 03, 2012. The stock has -34.47% returns for the year 2012.

9. Cenovus Energy Inc (CVE): Cenovus Energy is an integrated oil company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the development, production, and marketing of bitumen, crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids in Canada with refining operations in the United States. Cenovus Energy has a market cap of $24.7 billion and is currently trading around $32.7, with a 52-week range of $27.15 to $39.81. The dividend amount is 22 cents per share, which is 2.73% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 12, 2012, Record date is September 14, 2012, and the dividend payout date is September 28, 2012. The stock has -1.51% returns for the year 2012.

10. The Coca-Cola Company (KO): The Coca-Cola Company engages in the manufacture, marketing, and sale of nonalcoholic beverages worldwide. Coca-Cola has a market cap of $168.4 billion and is currently trading around $37.4, with a 52-week range of $31.67 to $40.665. The dividend amount is 25.5 cents per share, which is 2.73% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 12, 2012, Record date is September 14, 2012, and the dividend payout date is October 01, 2012. The stock has 6.9% returns for the year 2012.

11. Automatic Data Processing Inc (ADP): Automatic Data Processing is a provider of business outsourcing solutions. ADP offers a wide range of human resource, payroll, tax and benefits administration solutions from a single source. ADP has a market cap of $28.1 billion and is currently trading around $58.06, with a 52-week range of $45.85 to $58.79. The dividend amount is 39.5 cents per share, which is 2.72% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is September 12, 2012, Record date is September 14, 2012, and the dividend payout date is October 01, 2012. The stock has 7.54% returns for the year 2012.

Sources: Some of the data is sourced from Google Finance, Yahoo Finance, Fidelity, TD Ameritrade 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 Second Week Of September