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The Best Dividends For Next Week (December 24-30, 2012)

|Includes:AGNC Investment Corp. (AGNC), BNS, BT, CM, KHC, NUE, PM, RTN, TRP, XEL

Here is a current overview of the best yielding stocks with a market capitalization over $10 billion that have their ex-dividend date on the next trading week. 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 between December 24-30, 2012. In total, 144 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend - of which 79 yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 5.19%.

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:

American Capital Agency (NASDAQ:AGNC) has a market capitalization of $10.64 billion and operates within the Residential REITs industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.31, Forward P/E Ratio: 7.62, P/S Ratio: 5.63, P/B Ratio: 0.94, Dividend Yield: 16.05%. The ex-dividend date is on December 24, 2012.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (NYSE:CM) has a market capitalization of $33.59 billion and operates within the Money Center Banks industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.42, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.28, P/S Ratio: 2.74, P/B Ratio: 1.97, Dividend Yield: 4.57%. The ex-dividend date is on December 26, 2012.

Kraft Foods Group (KRFT) has a market capitalization of $26.98 billion and operates within the Major Diversified Food industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 13.84, Forward P/E Ratio: 16.09, P/S Ratio: 1.43, P/B Ratio: 3.62, Dividend Yield: 4.39%. The ex-dividend date is on December 27, 2012.

Philip Morris International (NYSE:PM) has a market capitalization of $141.91 billion and operates within the Cigarettes industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.99, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.62, P/S Ratio: 1.85, P/B Ratio: is not calculable, Dividend Yield: 4.00%. The ex-dividend date is on December 24, 2012.

Xcel Energy (NYSE:XEL) has a market capitalization of $13.27 billion and operates within the Electric Utilities industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 14.63, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.32, P/S Ratio: 1.31, P/B Ratio: 1.50, Dividend Yield: 3.97%. The ex-dividend date is on December 24, 2012.

The Bank Of Nova Scotia (NYSE:BNS) has a market capitalization of $69.40 billion and operates within the Money Center Banks industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 11.08, Forward P/E Ratio: 10.28, P/S Ratio: 3.99, P/B Ratio: 1.73, Dividend Yield: 3.94%. The ex-dividend date is on December 28, 2012.

TransCanada (NYSE:TRP) has a market capitalization of $33.47 billion and operates within the Gas Utilities industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 24.10, Forward P/E Ratio: 19.87, P/S Ratio: 3.99, P/B Ratio: 1.95, Dividend Yield: 3.70%. The ex-dividend date is on December 27, 2012.

BT Group (NYSE:BT) has a market capitalization of $30.52 billion and operates within the Foreign Telecom Services industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 9.21, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.79, P/S Ratio: 1.02, P/B Ratio: 33.41, Dividend Yield: 3.58%. The ex-dividend date is on December 26, 2012.

Nucor Corporation (NYSE:NUE) has a market capitalization of $13.82 billion and operates within the Steel & Iron industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 27.54, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.16, P/S Ratio: 0.70, P/B Ratio: 1.81, Dividend Yield: 3.38%. The ex-dividend date is on December 27, 2012.

Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) has a market capitalization of $19.54 billion and operates within the Major Diversified Aerospace/Defense industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.16, Forward P/E Ratio: 10.95, P/S Ratio: 0.80, P/B Ratio: 2.16, Dividend Yield: 3.38%. The ex-dividend date is on December 28, 2012.

Disclosure: I am long PM, KRFT, RTN. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

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