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Many traders use a technique called dividend buying, which is the buying of stocks before they go ex-dividend and selling shortly after the ex-dividend date at roughly the same price, but receiving the dividend. This technique generally works only during a bull market. You may also want to check out the definitions of the various dividend dates.

There are over 30 stocks going ex-dividend in mid August. The following stocks all have market caps over $500 million, and yields over 1%. Several stocks have yields over 4%.

  • Wyeth (WYE) 8/11/2008 Market cap: $63.4B; Yield: 2.36%
  • Applied Materials, Inc. (AMAT) 8/12/2008 Market cap: $25.1B; Yield: 1.29%
  • Applied Industrial Technologies (AIT) 8/13/2008 Market cap: $1.1B; Yield: 2.35%
  • CIT Group Inc. (CIT) 8/13/2008 Market cap: $2.3B; Yield: 4.72%
  • Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR) 8/13/2008 Market cap: $1.3B; Yield: 3.64%
  • Duke Energy Corporation (DUK) 8/13/2008 Market cap: $21.7B; Yield: 5.12%
  • Ferro Corporation (FOE) 8/13/2008 Market cap: $938.9M; Yield: 2.70%
  • The Kroger Co. (KR) 8/13/2008 Market cap: $19.1B; Yield: 1.23%
  • Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY) 8/13/2008 Market cap: $55.0B; Yield: 3.89%
  • Pitney Bowes Inc. (PBI) 8/13/2008 Market cap: $6.7B; Yield: 4.31%
  • Shaw Communications Inc. (SJR) 8/13/2008 Market cap: $9.3B; Yield: 3.33%
  • Sonoco Products Company (SON) 8/13/2008 Market cap: $3.1B; Yield: 3.47%
  • Southwest Gas Corporation (SWX) 8/13/2008 Market cap: $1.2B; Yield: 3.19%
  • United Technologies Corporation (UTX) 8/13/2008 Market cap: $62.2B; Yield: 1.98%
  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) 8/13/2008 Market cap: $226.4B; Yield: 1.65%
  • Spectra Energy Corp. (SE) 8/13/2008 Market cap: $16.0B; Yield: 3.53%
  • Fastenal Company (FAST) 8/14/2008 Market cap: $7.4B; Yield: 1.01%
  • International Paper Company (IP) 8/14/2008 Market cap: $9.9B; Yield: 4.30%
  • L-3 Communications Holdings, Inc. (LLL) 8/14/2008 Market cap: $10.9B; Yield: 1.35%
  • PACCAR Inc (PCAR) 8/14/2008 Market cap: $16.1B; Yield: 1.64%
  • Ryder System, Inc. (R) 8/14/2008 Market cap: $4.1B; Yield: 1.30%
  • STMicroelectronics N.V. (STM) 8/18/2008 Market cap: $10.2B; Yield: 3.17%
  • Target Corporation (TGT) 8/18/2008 Market cap: $36.7B; Yield: 1.18%
  • Walgreen Company (WAG) 8/18/2008 Market cap: $32.9B; Yield: 1.11%
  • Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) 8/19/2008 Market cap: $241.1B; Yield: 1.60%
  • Thomson Reuters PLC (TRIN) 8/19/2008 Market cap: $21.9B; Yield: 2.78%
  • Thomson Reuters Corporation (TRI) 8/19/2008 Market cap: $25.1B; Yield: 4.16%
  • BT Group plc (BT) 8/20/2008 Market cap: $30.3B; Yield: 5.32%
  • Carnival Corporation (CCL) 8/20/2008 Market cap: $28.4B Yield: 4.26%
  • Carnival plc (CUK) 8/20/2008 Market cap: $29.4B; Yield: 4.56%
  • Liz Claiborne, Inc. (LIZ) 8/20/2008 Market cap: $1.2B; Yield: 1.76%
  • Sherwin-Williams Company (SHW) 8/20/2008 Market cap: $6.4B; Yield: 2.60%

 Disclosure: The author owns MSFT.

Source: 32 Stocks Going Ex-Dividend Mid August