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5 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The following stocks go ex-dividend Thursday, meaning an investor must purchase the shares Wednesday to qualify for the next dividend payment: Verizon (VZ - Get Report), General Mills (GIS - Get Report), Darden (DRI - Get Report), Intuit (INTU - Get Report) and OGE Energy (OGE - Get Report).

Each of the stocks received a buy rating from TheStreet Ratings.


The telecommunications company is scheduled to report first-quarter earnings on April 18. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of 58 cents a share on revenue of $28.21 billion.

"While VZ trades at 15.5x 2012 CS EPS, a premium to T at 13x, the premium may be warranted given VZ's better growth prospects," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a report Monday.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 5.2%

Rated "B- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the previous year.

Verizon has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.84, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 6.73% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $44.62.

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DRI $67.47 -2.70%
GIS $56.48 -0.21%
INTU $97.68 0.74%
OGE $31.83 0.70%
VZ $48.92 0.60%


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