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The Best Dividends on Oct. 18, 2012

Here is a current overview of the best yielding stocks with a market capitalization over $2 billion that have their ex-dividend date on the next trading day. 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 on Oct. 18, 2012. In total, 18 stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend, of which eight yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 4.76%.

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:

Hospitality Properties Trust(HPT)has a market capitalization of $3.00 billion and operates within the REIT - Retail industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 23.79, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.56, P/S Ratio: 2.38, P/B Ratio: 1.02, Dividend Yield: 7.75%.

Senior Housing Properties Trust(SNH)has a market capitalization of $3.95 billion and operates within the REIT - Residential industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 21.73, Forward P/E Ratio: 22.61, P/S Ratio: 7.25, P/B Ratio: 1.51, Dividend Yield: 6.97%.

The Washington Post Company(WPO)has a market capitalization of $2.69 billion and operates within the Education & Training Services industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 27.59, Forward P/E Ratio: 23.95, P/S Ratio: 0.66, P/B Ratio: 1.04, Dividend Yield: 2.71%.

Caterpillar (CAT)has a market capitalization of $55.50 billion and operates within the Conglomerates industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 9.50, Forward P/E Ratio: 8.45, P/S Ratio: 0.84, P/B Ratio: 3.49, Dividend Yield: 2.45%.

Hormel Foods (HRL)has a market capitalization of $7.72 billion and operates within the Meat Products industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.32, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.14, P/S Ratio: 0.95, P/B Ratio: 2.68, Dividend Yield: 2.04%.

Graco (GGG)has a market capitalization of $2.94 billion and operates within the Diversified Machinery industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 21.67, Forward P/E Ratio: 16.29, P/S Ratio: 3.11, P/B Ratio: 7.51, Dividend Yield: 1.85%.

CVS Caremark Corporation(CVS)has a market capitalization of $59.67 billion and operates within the Drug Stores industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.57, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.37, P/S Ratio: 0.51, P/B Ratio: 1.57, Dividend Yield: 1.39%.

CR Bard (BCR)has a market capitalization of $8.57 billion and operates within the Medical Instruments & Supplies industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 17.33, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.30, P/S Ratio: 2.91, P/B Ratio: 4.46, Dividend Yield: 0.78%.

Apache (APA)has a market capitalization of $34.07 billion and operates within the Independent Oil & Gas industry. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.43, Forward P/E Ratio: 8.22, P/S Ratio: 1.99, P/B Ratio: 1.11, Dividend Yield: 0.78%.

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