Apollo Residential Mortgage, Inc. (AMTG) announced a quarterly dividend of $0.70 per share of common stock for the fourth quarter of 2012 and a special dividend of $0.35 per share of common stock. These dividends are payable on January 31, 2013 to common stockholders of record on December 31, 2012.
Ticker Div Yield
AGNC 15.6% ex-div 12/24 $1.25
AMTG 15.6% ex-div 12/31 $0.70 + $0.35 special div
MTGE 14.7% ex-div 12/24 $0.90
NYMT 16.1.% ex-div 12/24 $0.27
HTS 11.9% (lowered dividend last quarter)
NLY 12.7% (lowered dividend last quarter)
You certainly can, but remember that the stock price will be reduced by the amount of the divy on EX day; this is done by the brokers. The stock price can recover over time, of course. Buying right before EX usually results in paying a higher price than buying after EX, for example. Your choice.