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The Best Yielding Ex-Dividend Stocks on Feb. 28, 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. 28, 2013. In total, nine stocks and preferred shares go ex-dividend, of which three yield more than 3 percent. The average yield amounts to 2.56%.

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:[/b][b]Atmos Energy Corporation (ATO) has a market capitalization of $3.43 Billion and operates within the Gas Utilities industry.

The Atmos Energy Corporation stock has a current operating margin of 13.62% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 1.15. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 7.38% for the next year and 5.93% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.75, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.45, P/S Ratio: 1.01, P/B Ratio: 1.41, Dividend Yield: 3.70%.

Arthur J Gallagher & Co. (AJG) has a market capitalization of $4.83 Billion and operates within the Insurance Brokers industry.

The Arthur J Gallagher & Co. stock has a current operating margin of 9.73% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.51. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 13.64% for the next year and 14.13% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 24.14, Forward P/E Ratio: 15.36, P/S Ratio: 1.92, P/B Ratio: 2.91, Dividend Yield: 3.65%.

Cinemark Holdings (CNK) has a market capitalization of $3.16 Billion and operates within the Movie Production, Theaters industry.

The Cinemark Holdings Inc. stock has a current operating margin of 15.29%. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 14.92% for the next year and 7.90% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 18.71, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.22, P/S Ratio: 1.28, P/B Ratio: 2.89, Dividend Yield: 3.05%.

Amcol International (ACO) has a market capitalization of $932.91 Million and operates within the Industrial Metals & Minerals industry.

The Amcol International Corp. stock has a current operating margin of 10.06% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.54. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 16.75% for the next year and 12.50% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 14.24, Forward P/E Ratio: 11.96, P/S Ratio: 0.95, P/B Ratio: 2.02, Dividend Yield: 2.74%.

Suncor Energy (SU) has a market capitalization of $45.91 billion and operates within the Independent Oil & Gas industry.

The Suncor Energy Inc. stock has a current operating margin of 13.05% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.28. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 2.40% for the next year and 5.67% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 17.32, Forward P/E Ratio: 8.99, P/S Ratio: 1.21, P/B Ratio: 1.18, Dividend Yield: 1.73%.

Nike (NKE) has a market capitalization of $48.90 billion and operates within the Textile - Apparel Footwear & Accessories industry.

The Nike Inc. stock has a current operating margin of 12.22% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.03. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 14.45% for the next year and 10.37% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 22.71, Forward P/E Ratio: 18.03, P/S Ratio: 1.98, P/B Ratio: 4.86, Dividend Yield: 1.55%.

Imperial Oil (IMO) has a market capitalization of $35.05 billion and operates within the Oil & Gas Refining & Marketing industry.

The Imperial Oil Ltd. stock has a current operating margin of 16.01%. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 1.70% for the next year and 3.55% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 9.55, Forward P/E Ratio: 9.96, P/S Ratio: 1.15, P/B Ratio: 2.20, Dividend Yield: 1.16%.

Fluor Corporation (FLR) has a market capitalization of $9.97 billion and operates within the Heavy Construction industry.

The Fluor Corporation stock has a current operating margin of 3.89% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.15. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 12.50% for the next year and 10.80% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 16.95, Forward P/E Ratio: 13.11, P/S Ratio: 0.37, P/B Ratio: 2.78, Dividend Yield: 1.04%.

Heartland Payment Systems (HPY) has a market capitalization of $1.17 billion and operates within the Business Services industry.

The Heartland Payment Systems Inc. stock has a current operating margin of 5.56% and the debt to equity ratio amounts to 0.90. Earnings per share are expected to grow by 14.43% for the next year and 15.60% for the upcoming five years.

These are the market ratios of the company: P/E Ratio: 19.05, Forward P/E Ratio: 14.08, P/S Ratio: 0.58, P/B Ratio: 5.49, Dividend Yield: 0.90%.

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