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The 10 Best Ex-Dividend Stocks on Jan. 8, 2013

Buying stocks before the ex-dividend date is simple. If you buy a stock before the ex-dividend date and hold them, you will receive the next dividend. Buying high-yielding stocks is not a one-way strategy to high returns.

In addition to high returns, the valuation should be fair. This is the main reason why I screen every day tomorrow’s best ex-dividend stocks by yield and market capitalization.

A full list of all stocks with payment dates can be found here: Ex-Dividend Stocks Jan. 8, 2013. In total, 15 stocks and preferred shares go ex dividend, of which 8 yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 3.16%.

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.

AT&T Inc. (T) has a market capitalization of $200.11 billion and operates within the Telecom Services - Domestic industry. AT&T Inc. has a current operating margin of 6.72%. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 45.75, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.87, P/S Ratio: 1.57, P/B Ratio: 1.99, Dividend Yield: 5.11%.

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) has a market capitalization of $126.43 billion and operates within the Telecom Services - Domestic industry. Verizon Communications Inc. has a current operating margin of 16.80%. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 41.40, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.54, P/S Ratio: 1.11, P/B Ratio: 3.36, Dividend Yield: 4.65%.

National Health Investors Inc. (NHI) has a market capitalization of $1.64 billion and operates within the REIT - Healthcare Facilities industry. National Health Investors Inc. has a current operating margin of 9.43%. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 24.59, Forward P/E Ratio: 22.01, P/S Ratio: 17.16, P/B Ratio: 3.72, Dividend Yield: 4.56%.

Darden Restaurants Inc. (DRI) has a market capitalization of $6.01 billion and operates within the Restaurants industry. Darden Restaurants Inc. has a current operating margin of 11.57%. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 13.24, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.36, P/S Ratio: 0.73, P/B Ratio: 3.21, Dividend Yield: 4.30%.

WGL Holdings Inc. (WGL) has a market capitalization of $2.09 billion and operates within the Gas Utilities industry. WGL Holdings Inc. has a current operating margin of 8.20%. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 14.93, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.33, P/S Ratio: 0.86, P/B Ratio: 1.61, Dividend Yield: 3.95%.

UDR Inc. (UDR) has a market capitalization of $6 billion and operates within the REIT - Residential industry. UDR Inc. has a current operating margin of -77.27%. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: -, Forward P/E Ratio: 159.93, P/S Ratio: 8.37, P/B Ratio: 1.97, Dividend Yield: 3.67%.

CH Energy Group Inc. (CHG) has a market capitalization of $976.24 million and operates within the Diversified Utilities industry. CH Energy Group Inc. has a current operating margin of 10.53%. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 24.83, Forward P/E Ratio: 20.73, P/S Ratio: 1.06, P/B Ratio: 1.87, Dividend Yield: 3.40%.

General Mills Inc. (GIS) has a market capitalization of $27.01 billion and operates within the Processed & Packaged Goods industry. General Mills Inc. has a current operating margin of 8.58%. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 15.41, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.35, P/S Ratio: 1.58, P/B Ratio: 3.86, Dividend Yield: 3.16%.

OGE Energy Corp. (OGE) has a market capitalization of $5.71 billion and operates within the Electric Utilities industry. OGE Energy Corp. has a current operating margin of 5.92%. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.24, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.37, P/S Ratio: 1.54, P/B Ratio: 2.06, Dividend Yield: 2.89%.

Brady Corp. (BRC) has a market capitalization of $1.77 billion and operates within the Security Software & Services industry. Brady Corp. has a current operating margin of 10.57%. These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: -, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.83, P/S Ratio: 1.35, P/B Ratio: 1.71, Dividend Yield: 2.19%.

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