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3 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

Stock quotes in this article: CA, MSA, WEC

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Mine Safety Appliances

The safety products company is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 15. Analysts, on average, expect earnings of 59 cents a share on revenue of $308.25 million.

Mine Safety Appliance's forward P/E is 15.41; the average among industrial machinery companies is 16.16. For comparison, Kadant (KAI) and Robbins & Myers (RBN) both have lower forward P/Es of 11.72 and 14.42, respectively.

Of the six analysts who cover Mine Safety Appliances, four rated it a buy. One analyst gave it a hold and one rated it a sell.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.9%

Rated "A- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin increased from the previous year.

Mine Safety Appliances has strong liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.51, which demonstrates the company can meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 6.51% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $43.56.






CA

The software company last month reported third-quarter earnings of $263 million, or 54 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $200 million, or 39 cents a share.

"The renewal portfolio opportunity is expected to trough in FY13; setting up FY14 as a recovery year," Jefferies analysts wrote in a report on Monday. "We believe the company will look to shorten duration of renewals from five to three-year deals which will help to smooth renewal growth over the long run."

CA has a forward P/E of 10.7; the average among software firms is 31.63. For comparison, Intuit (INTU) has a forward P/E of 17.34 and Adobe's (ADBE) is 12.04.

Of the 15 analysts who cover CA, nine rated the stock a hold and six gave it a buy rating.

CA's stock hit a 52-week high on Feb. 3 of $26.78. The stock's 52-week low of $18.60 was set on Aug. 19.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.8%

Rated "A- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin was basically the same as the previous year.

CA has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.00, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 4.81% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $30.38.

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