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The Best Dividends on May 8, 2012

Here is a current overview of the best yielding stocks with a market capitalization over USD2 billion that have their ex-dividend date on the next trading day. 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 May 8, 2012. In total, 43 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend of which 18 are yielding above 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 3.40 percent.

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 stocks:[/b]

[b]Enerplus Corporation (ERF)
has a market capitalization of USD .47 billion and operates within the “Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 28.45, Forward P/E Ratio: 26.33, P/S Ratio: 3.16, P/B Ratio: 0.96, Dividend Yield: 12.49%.

AmeriGas Partners (APU) has a market capitalization of USD3.76 billion and operates within the “Gas Utilities” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 21.35, Forward P/E Ratio: 17.41, P/S Ratio: 1.36, P/B Ratio: 7.21, Dividend Yield: 7.89%.

Boardwalk Pipeline Partners (BWP) has a market capitalization of USD5.81 billion and operates within the “Oil & Gas Pipelines” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 28.23, Forward P/E Ratio: 19.14, P/S Ratio: 5.09, P/B Ratio: 1.77, Dividend Yield: 7.62%.

Entergy Corporation (ETR) has a market capitalization of USD11.54 billion and operates within the “Electric Utilities” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 12.33, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.31, P/S Ratio: 1.04, P/B Ratio: 1.25, Dividend Yield: 5.10%.

American Electric Power Co. (AEP) has a market capitalization of USD 18.69 billion and operates within the “Electric Utilities” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 11.62, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.13, P/S Ratio: 1.24, P/B Ratio: 1.26, Dividend Yield: 4.87%.

Hudson City Bancorp (HCBK) has a market capitalization of USD 3.58 billion and operates within the “Savings & Loans” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: -, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.54, P/S Ratio: 1.79, P/B Ratio: 0.77, Dividend Yield: 4.73%.

Macerich (MAC) has a market capitalization of USD 8.22 billion and operates within the “REIT - Retail” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 44.90, Forward P/E Ratio: 72.05, P/S Ratio: 10.07, P/B Ratio: 3.02, Dividend Yield: 3.55%.

RPC (RES) has a market capitalization of USD 2.28 billion and operates within the “Oil & Gas Equipment & Services” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 7.32, Forward P/E Ratio: 8.81, P/S Ratio: 1.18, P/B Ratio: 2.86, Dividend Yield: 3.08%.

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