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5 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- These stocks go ex-dividend Monday, meaning an investor must purchase the stocks Friday to qualify for the next dividend payment: Provident Energy (PVX), PNM Resources (PNM), Lakeland Financial (LKFN), Lowe's (LOW) and Cooper (COO).

The stocks get buy ratings from TheStreet Ratings.

Provident Energy

Provident Energy is a natural gas liquids company. Pembina Pipeline announced it would acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Provident Energy on Jan. 16.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 5.7%

Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin increased from one year ago.

Provident has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.63, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 4.75% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $11.99. The stock closed Thursday at $11.33.

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