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Once you have your basic dividend portfolio in place, with the historically solid players forming a stable foundation, you may want to branch out to some higher-yielding companies for a little extra return. If you want to add some of these, here are six that are going ex-dividend in October, so grab them quickly. All of these stocks are yielding over 7%, and they all have total returns of over 20% in the past 12 months.

These companies are not Dividend Champions; they don't have years of history of continually paying and raising dividends. They may not be "forever" keepers, but they're definitely good for jolt to your portfolio.

In order of yield, highest to lowest:

1. Armour Residential REIT (ARR) is currently trading at $8 per share and yields 13.5%. It has a 6.79 forward PE and its 52-week range is $.40 to $7.98. It goes ex-dividend on October 11 and pays on October 30. The trust has returned 46% over the past twelve months.

2. Prospect Capital Corp. (PSEC) is currently trading at $12 and yields 10.6%. It has a 9.43 forward PE and its 52-week range is $8.64 to $12.25. It goes ex-dividend on October 11 and pays on October 31. The company has returned 53% over the past twelve months.

3. Fifth Street Finance (FSC) is currently trading at $11 per share and yields 10.4%. It has a 9.52 forward PE and its 52-week range is $8.99 to $11.07. It goes ex-dividend on October 11 and pays out on October 31. The company has returned 33% over the past twelve months.

4. Dreyfus High Yield Strategies Fund (DHF) is currently trading at $4 per share and yields 9.5%. Its 52-week range is $4.19 to $4.70. It goes ex-dividend on October 10 and pays on October 29. The fund has returned 20% over the past twelve months.

5. Student Transportation (STB) is currently trading at $7 and yields 8.6%. Its 52-week range is $5.41 to $7.50. It goes ex-dividend on October 29 and pays on November 15. The stock has returned 45% over the past twelve months.

6. Cheniere Energy Partners (CQP) is currently trading at $23 per share and yields 7.5%. Its 52-week range is $13.30 to $27.47. It goes ex-dividend on October 30 and pays on November 14. The company has returned 97% in the past twelve months.

These are definitely not stocks that you want to put in your dividend portfolio and forget about; they are far from being the Dividend Champs that you want to hold forever. And these are monthly payers, so you will get only one-twelfth of the annual rate instead of one-quarter.

They have performed well in the past twelve months, and many are near their 52-week highs. For a quick injection of cash, they are surely worth some consideration.

Source: 6 High-Yielders Going Ex-Dividend In October