15 special dividends ranked by size

Companies rushing to pass out money ahead of tax man

12) Westlake Chemical Corp.

Total dividend amount: $250.12

Dividend amount per share: $3.75

Ex-dividend date: Nov. 27, 2012

The chemical manufacturer and supplier announced a regular quarterly dividend of just more than 18¢ per share, along with its special dividend payable on Dec. 12. The company, which has declared 33 consecutive quarterly dividends since its August 2004 initial public offering, said that strong financial performance enabled the special dividend payout.

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