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7 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

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Centerpoint Energy

The utility is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 29. Analysts, on average, expect earnings of 19 cents a share on revenue of $2.51 billion.

"We are attracted to CNP's above-average EPS growth potential, no external financing needs, and 4.3% dividend yield," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a Feb. 2 report. "Further, given recent share price underperformance, we believe the risk/reward is beginning to tilt in investors' favor. Our neutral stance reflects weak gas prices/fundamentals, which affect CNP's midstream business, and uncertainties around the use of cash. We initiated coverage of CNP with a Market Perform rating."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 4.3%

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

Centerpoint Energy has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.50, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 34.45% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $24.39 The stock closed Friday at $18.91 and has declined 5.87% year to date.

Archer Daniels Midland

The agricultural products company reported on Jan. 31 second-quarter earnings of $80 million, or 12 cents a share, a fall from year-earlier earnings of $732 million, or $1.14.

"We are maintaining our Underperform as we believe a challenging environment will continue to weigh on earnings near term," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a Jan. 31 report. "We could become more positive if the drought in South America results in a significant decline in grain production, shifting export demand to the US which would be beneficial for ADM's asset base."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.3%

Rated "B (Buy>" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's second-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the prior year.

In the second quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 14.34% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $33.69. The stock closed Friday at $30.57 and has risen 6.89% year to date.

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