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The Best Yielding Ex-Dividend Stocks on Feb. 25, 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 Feb. 25, 2013. In total, 12 stocks and preferred shares go ex dividend, of which six yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 3.78%.

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 highest yielding ex-dividend stocks:

Medley Capital Corporation (MCC) has a market capitalization of $429.61 million and operates within the Investment Brokerage - National industry.

The Medley Capital Corporation stock has a current operating margin of 52.46% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.33. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 3.40% for the next year and 5.00% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.78, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.86, P/S Ratio: 7.95, P/B Ratio: 1.18, Dividend Yield: 9.61%.

Ambassadors Group (EPAX) has a market capitalization of $79.64 million and operates within the Education & Training Services industry.

The Ambassadors Group Inc. stock has a current operating margin of 0.27%. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 45.45% for the next year and 15.00% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 22.60, Forward P/E Ratio: 28.25, P/S Ratio: 1.36, P/B Ratio: 0.91, Dividend Yield: 5.31%.

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation (SIX) has a market capitalization of $3.62 billion and operates within the General Entertainment industry.

The Six Flags Entertainment Corporation stock has a current operating margin of 14.22% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 1.07. Earnings per share are expected to grow by -34.23% for the next year and 10.00% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 41.90, Forward P/E Ratio: 30.99, P/S Ratio: 3.40, P/B Ratio: 4.13, Dividend Yield: 5.30%.

Sun Life Financial (SLF) has a market capitalization of $16.96 billion and operates within the Life Insurance industry.

The Sun Life Financial Inc. stock has a current operating margin of 2.48% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.35. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 5.90% for the next year and 8.53% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 28.86, Forward P/E Ratio: 10.44, P/S Ratio: 0.85, P/B Ratio: 1.03, Dividend Yield: 5.13%.

Great Plains Energy Incorporated (GXP) has a market capitalization of $3.38 billion and operates within the Electric Utilities industry.

The Great Plains Energy Incorporated stock has a current operating margin of 23.16% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 1.08. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 19.70% for the next year and 7.20% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.93, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.93, P/S Ratio: 1.46, P/B Ratio: 0.99, Dividend Yield: 3.95%.

Sonoco Products (SON) has a market capitalization of $3.18 billion and operates within the Packaging & Containers industry.

The Sonoco Products Co. stock has a current operating margin of 6.96% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.81. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 7.76% for the next year and 6.14% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 17.75, Forward P/E Ratio: 12.64, P/S Ratio: 0.67, P/B Ratio: 2.09, Dividend Yield: 3.80%.

Snyder's-Lance (LNCE) has a market capitalization of $1.75 billion and operates within the Processed & Packaged Goods industry.

The Snyder's-Lance, Inc. stock has a current operating margin of 6.74% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.62. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 18.03% for the next year and 24.05% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 29.92, Forward P/E Ratio: 17.66, P/S Ratio: 1.08, P/B Ratio: 2.02, Dividend Yield: 2.52%.

Steris (STE) has a market capitalization of $2.25 billion and operates within the Medical Appliances & Equipment industry.

The Steris Corp. stock has a current operating margin of 17.20% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.57. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 8.73% for the next year and 10.00% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 13.85, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.46, P/S Ratio: 1.54, P/B Ratio: 2.45, Dividend Yield: 1.97%.

Dun & Bradstreet (DNB) has a market capitalization of $3.62 billion and operates within the Information & Delivery Services industry.

The Dun & Bradstreet Corp. stock has a current operating margin of 26.00%. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 9.80% for the next year and 11.95% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 12.54, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.81, P/S Ratio: 2.18, P/B Ratio: N/A, Dividend Yield: 1.87%.

Tower Financial Corporation (TOFC) has a market capitalization of $60.27 million and operates within the Regional - Midwest Banks industry.

The Tower Financial Corporation stock has a current operating margin of 23.95% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.42.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 10.47, Forward P/E Ratio: N/A, P/S Ratio: 2.32, P/B Ratio: 0.92, Dividend Yield: 1.78%.

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