If you are looking to buy dividends, there are plenty of high yielding stocks to choose from. Remember, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date in order to be entitled to the dividend, and you can't sell the stock until after the ex date.
All of the following stocks have market caps over $800 million and yields over 3%.
The New York Times Company (NYT) a diversified media company. Ex-div date: 8/28/2008 Market cap: $1.9 billion Yield: 6.92% .
Park National Corporation (PRK) is a multi bank holding company. Ex-div date: 8/22/2008 Market cap: $825.7 million Yield: 6.25% .
Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (TEG) an electric and natural gas utility. Ex-div date: 8/27/2008 Market cap: $3.8 billion Yield: 5.36% .
BT Group plc (BT) is a communications and broadband company. Ex-div date: 8/20/2008 Market cap: $30.3 billion Yield: 5.32% .
Carnival plc (CUK) the ADR of the cruise line. Ex-div date: 8/20/2008 Market cap: $29.4 billion Yield: 4.56% .
Carnival Corporation (CCL) the cruise line. Ex-div date: 8/20/2008 Market cap: $28.4 billion Yield: 4.26% .
Thomson Reuters Corporation (TRI) is a provider of financial, legal, tax and accounting, scientific, healthcare, and media information. Ex-div date: 8/19/2008 Market cap: $25.1 billion Yield: 4.16% .
Vtech Holdings Limited (VTKHY.PK) is a telephone manufacturer. Ex-div date: 8/25/2008 Market cap: $1.4 billion Yield: 4.08% .
Northeast Utilities System (NU) is a a public utility holding company. Ex-div date: 8/27/2008 Market cap: $3.8 billion Yield: 3.26% .
Sara Lee Corp. (SLE) sells packaged, fresh, and frozen products. Ex-div date: 8/29/2008 Market cap: $9.3 billion Yield: 3.19% .
STMicroelectronics N.V. (STM) makes semiconductor products. Ex-div date: 8/18/2008 Market cap: $10.2 billion Yield: 3.17% .
Vulcan Materials Company (VMC) produces construction materials. Ex-div date: 8/25/2008 Market cap: $7.0 billion Yield: 3.04% .
If you need a refresher on dividend definitions, check out definitions of dividend dates.
Author does not own any of the above.
By Fred Fuld at Stockerblog.com