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X Factor: 5 Stock Reaching Their Ex-Dividend Date on October 18

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Caterpillar, Hormel Foods Corporation, and Hospitality Properties Trust are on the list.

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Caterpillar (NYSE:CAT) yields 2.45% annually and has a market cap of $55.50 billion. The manufacturer and seller of of construction and mining equipment will pay a quarterly dividend of $0.52 on November 20. Its quarterly yield will be 0.61% based on yesterday's closing price of $84.96. Caterpillar paid a quarterly dividend from 1962 to 1969, and then began paying a quarterly dividend again from 1982 onwards.

Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE:HRL) yields 2.04% annually and has a market cap of $7.72 billion. The producer and marketer of various meat and food products will pay a quarterly dividend of $0.15 on November 15. This dividend results in a quarterly yield of 0.51% based on yesterday's closing price of $29.37. The company has paid a quarterly dividend since the end of 1991.

These companies also have their ex-dividend date on October 18. All annual yields are estimated.

Washington Post (NYSE:WPO) yields 2.71% annually and will pay a quarterly dividend of $2.45 on November 2.

Graco (NYSE:GGG) yields 1.85% annually and will pay a quarterly dividend of $0.225 on November 7.

CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE:CVS) yields 1.39% annually and will pay a quarterly dividend of $0.1625 on November 2.

Apache Corporation (NYSE:APA) yields 0.78% annually and will pay a quarterly dividend of $0.17 on November 21.

C.R. Bard (NYSE:BCR) yields 0.78% annually and will pay a quarterly dividend of $0.20 on November 2.

Purchase -- and have your broker settle -- before the ex-dividend date to secure the dividend.

Twitter: @ChrisWitrak
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