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The Best Dividends on May 23, 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 23, 2012. In total, 29 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend of which 13 yielding above 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 3.61 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]Atmos Energy Corporation (NYSE:ATO) has a market capitalization of USD2.95 billion and operates within the “Gas Utilities” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 17.32, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.20, P/S Ratio: 0.93, P/B Ratio: 1.25, Dividend Yield: 4.22%.

Carnival Corporation (NYSE:CCL) has a market capitalization of USD24.68 billion and operates within the “Resorts & Casinos” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 15.48, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.92, P/S Ratio: 1.55, P/B Ratio: 1.05, Dividend Yield: 3.15%.

Carnival (NYSE:CUK) has a market capitalization of USD24.79 billion and operates within the “General Entertainment” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 15.56, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.17, P/S Ratio: 1.55, P/B Ratio: 1.05, Dividend Yield: 3.14%.

Arcelor Mittal (NYSE:MT) has a market capitalization of USD23.59 billion and operates within the “Steel & Iron” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 30.84, Forward P/E Ratio: 5.09, P/S Ratio: 0.25, P/B Ratio: 0.41, Dividend Yield: 4.96%.

Pembina Pipeline Corporation (NYSE:PBA) has a market capitalization of USD8.12 billion and operates within the “Oil & Gas Pipelines” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 31.20, Forward P/E Ratio: -, P/S Ratio: 4.70, P/B Ratio: 5.10, Dividend Yield: 5.69%.

Questar Corporation (NYSE:STR) has a market capitalization of USD3.52 billion and operates within the “Independent Oil & Gas” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.61, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.56, P/S Ratio: 3.06, P/B Ratio: 3.26, Dividend Yield: 3.29%.

Exelis (NYSE:XLS) has a market capitalization of USD2.00 billion and operates within the “Communication Equipment” industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 6.36, Forward P/E Ratio: 6.32, P/S Ratio: 0.34, P/B Ratio: 2.05, Dividend Yield: 3.85%.


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