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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 September 18, 2012. In total, 20 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend - of which 12 yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 5.36%.

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, higher capitalized stocks:

Safeway (NYSE:SWY) has a market capitalization of $4.04 billion and operates within the Grocery Stores industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 9.11, Forward P/E Ratio: 8.03, P/S Ratio: 0.09, P/B Ratio: 1.56, Dividend Yield: 4.15%.

Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) has a market capitalization of $13.72 billion and operates within the Electric Utilities industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.27, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.89, P/S Ratio: 1.34, P/B Ratio: 1.60, Dividend Yield: 3.84%.

Greif (NYSE:GEF) has a market capitalization of $2.20 billion and operates within the Packaging & Containers industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 17.36, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.04, P/S Ratio: 0.51, P/B Ratio: 1.80, Dividend Yield: 3.63%.

Las Vegas Sands (NYSE:LVS) has a market capitalization of $38.47 billion and operates within the Resorts & Casinos industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 27.02, Forward P/E Ratio: 17.25, P/S Ratio: 3.74, P/B Ratio: 4.36, Dividend Yield: 2.14%.

Tiffany (NYSE:TIF) has a market capitalization of $8.31 billion and operates within the Jewelry Stores industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 19.07, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.92, P/S Ratio: 2.24, P/B Ratio: 3.47, Dividend Yield: 1.95%.

Avago Technologies Limited (NASDAQ:AVGO) has a market capitalization of $8.59 billion and operates within the Broad Line Semiconductor industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 15.72, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.52, P/S Ratio: 3.62, P/B Ratio: 3.75, Dividend Yield: 1.83%.

International Game Technology (NYSE:IGT) has a market capitalization of $3.53 billion and operates within the Multimedia & Graphics Software industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 17.86, Forward P/E Ratio: 11.50, P/S Ratio: 1.71, P/B Ratio: 3.25, Dividend Yield: 1.82%.

Total System Services (NYSE:TSS) has a market capitalization of $4.49 billion and operates within the Business Services industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 18.94, Forward P/E Ratio: 16.57, P/S Ratio: 2.42, P/B Ratio: 3.24, Dividend Yield: 1.68%.

Source: The 8 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend On September 18