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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 stocks (market cap of $250 million and above) with a high dividend yield and with their ex-dividend date within the next week (October 15 to October 19). These stocks are screened based on the following criteria:

  • Security Type: Common Stock

  • Market Cap: Greater than $250 million

  • Dividend Yield: Greater than or equal to 2.5%

  • Ex-Dividend Date: Between October 15, 2012 and October 19, 2012

The following chart shows the dividend summary for these companies:


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1. Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. (WSBHF.PK): Whistler Blackcomb Holdings Inc. operates a four season mountain resort in the resort municipality of Whistler located in the Coast mountains in British Columbia. Whistler Blackcomb Holdings has a market cap of $467.9 million and is currently trading around $12.34 with a 52 week range of $9.16 to $12.34. The dividend amount is 24.375 cents per share which is 8.06% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is October 19, 2012, Record date is October 23, 2012 and the dividend payout date is October 26, 2012. The stock has 24.4% returns for the year 2012.

2. Pengrowth Energy Corporation (NYSE:PGH): Pengrowth Energy Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of oil and natural gas reserves in Canada. Pengrowth Energy Corp has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is currently trading around $6.42 with a 52 week range of $5.79 to $11.17. The dividend amount is 4 cents per share which is 7.6% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is October 18, 2012, Record date is October 22, 2012 and the dividend payout date is November 15, 2012. The stock has -38.84% returns for the year 2012.

3. Costamare Inc. (NYSE:CMRE): Costamare Inc. owns and charters containerships to liner companies. Costamare has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is currently trading around $15.25 with a 52 week range of $11.31 to $16.13. The dividend amount is 27 cents per share which is 7.1% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is October 18, 2012, Record date is October 22, 2012 and the dividend payout date is November 06, 2012. The stock has 7.42% returns for the year 2012.

4. Parkland Fuel Corporation (OTCPK:PKIUF): Parkland Fuel Corporation engages in marketing and distributing refined petroleum products to retail, commercial, wholesale, and home heating fuel customers in Canada. Parkland Fuel Corp has a market cap of $1.1 billion and is currently trading around $17.31 with a 52 week range of $13.61 to $17.96. The dividend amount is 8.5 cents per share which is 6.03% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is October 18, 2012, Record date is October 22, 2012 and the dividend payout date is November 15, 2012. The stock has 39.99% returns for the year 2012.

5. Keyera Corp (KEYUF.PK): Keyera Corp engages in the gathering, processing, fractionation, storage, transportation, and marketing of natural gas and natural gas liquids. Keyera Corp has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is currently trading around $48.02 with a 52 week range of $37.64 to $50.25. The dividend amount is 17 cents per share which is 4.33% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is October 18, 2012, Record date is October 22, 2012 and the dividend payout date is November 15, 2012. The stock has -1.82% returns for the year 2012.

6. Comtech Telecommunications Corp (NASDAQ:CMTL): Comtech Telecommunications Corp designs, develops, produces, and markets products, systems, and services for communications solutions in the United States and internationally. Comtech Telecommunications Corp has a market cap of $463.6 million and is currently trading around $26.65 with a 52 week range of $26.27 to $35.65. The dividend amount is 27.5 cents per share which is 4.12% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is October 17, 2012, Record date is October 19, 2012 and the dividend payout date is November 20, 2012. The stock has -6.74% returns for the year 2012.

7. Teekay Corporation (NYSE:TK): Teekay Corporation engages in the marine transportation of crude oil and gas in Bermuda and internationally. Teekay Corp has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is currently trading around $30.79 with a 52 week range of $24.40 to $36.60. The dividend amount is 31.625 cents per share which is 4.06% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is October 15, 2012, Record date is October 17, 2012 and the dividend payout date is October 26, 2012. The stock has 16.69% returns for the year 2012.

8. McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ:MGRC): McGrath RentCorp is a diversified business to business rental company, engages in the rental and sale of relocatable modular buildings, electronic test equipment, and liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes primarily in the United States and Canada. McGrath RentCorp has a market cap of $649.3 million and is currently trading around $25.93 with a 52 week range of $22.93 to $33.35. The dividend amount is 23.5 cents per share which is 3.59% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is October 15, 2012, Record date is October 17, 2012 and the dividend payout date is October 31, 2012. The stock has -9.59% returns for the year 2012.

9. Targa Resources Corp (NYSE:TRGP): Targa Resources Corp, through its general and limited partner interests in Targa Resources Partners LP, provides midstream natural gas and natural gas liquid ((NYSE:NGL)) services in the United States. Targa Resources Corp has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is currently trading around $49.96 with a 52 week range of $31.91 to $51.49. The dividend amount is 42.25 cents per share which is 3.38% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is October 18, 2012, Record date is October 22, 2012 and the dividend payout date is November 15, 2012. The stock has 22.93% returns for the year 2012.

10. First Busey Corporation (NASDAQ:BUSE): First Busey Corporation operates as the bank holding company for Busey Bank that provides retail and commercial banking products and services to individual, corporate, institutional, and governmental customers in the United States. First Busey Corp has a market cap of $412.4 million and is currently trading around $4.74 with a 52 week range of $4.42 to $5.46. The dividend amount is 4 cents per share which is 3.36% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is October 17, 2012, Record date is October 19, 2012 and the dividend payout date is October 26, 2012. The stock has -4.8% returns for the year 2012.

11. The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE:PG): The Procter & Gamble Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the manufacture and sale of a range of branded consumer packaged goods. Procter & Gamble has a market cap of $187.3 billion and is currently trading around $68.26 with a 52 week range of $59.07 to $69.97. The dividend amount is 56.2 cents per share which is 3.31% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is October 17, 2012, Record date is October 19, 2012 and the dividend payout date is November 15, 2012. The stock has 1.84% returns for the year 2012.

12. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. (NASDAQ:CBRL): Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. engages in the development and operation of the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store restaurant and retail concept in the United States. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc. has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is currently trading around $66.49 with a 52 week range of $38.96 to $69.30. The dividend amount is 50 cents per share which is 3% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is October 17, 2012, Record date is October 19, 2012 and the dividend payout date is November 05, 2012. The stock has 32.33% returns for the year 2012.

13. The Washington Post Company (WPO): The Washington Post Company operates as a diversified education and media company in the United States and internationally. Washington Post Company has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is currently trading around $357.01 with a 52 week range of $322.50 to $405.00. The dividend amount is 2.45 per share which is 2.73% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is October 18, 2012, Record date is October 22, 2012 and the dividend payout date is November 02, 2012. The stock has -4.6% returns for the year 2012.

14. Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT): Caterpillar manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. Caterpillar has a market cap of $54.1 billion and is currently trading around $82.57 with a 52 week range of $78.25 to $116.95. The dividend amount is 52 cents per share which is 2.51% dividend yield. The Ex-Dividend date is October 18, 2012, Record date is October 22, 2012 and the dividend payout date is November 20, 2012. The stock has -8.59% returns for the year 2012.

Sources: Some of the data is sourced from Google Finance, Yahoo Finance, Fidelity, TD Ameritrade and investor sites.

Source: Stocks With Over 2.5% Yields Going Ex-Dividend The Third Week Of October