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3 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The following stocks go ex-dividend Friday, meaning an investor must purchase the shares Thursday to qualify for the next dividend payment: Schlumberger (SLB), Macerich (MAC) and Maxim Integrated (MXIM).

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

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Schlumberger

The oilfield services company, reported last month fourth-quarter earnings of $1.4 billion, or $1.05 a share, up from year-ago earnings of $1 billion, or 76 cents.

"With pricing on new large contracts and on placements of equipment on new offshore rigs still very competitive, we are reducing our forecast of margin expansion outside North America 19.4% for 2012, up from 18.2% for 2011 with much of the improvement coming from Libya and from the mix toward more offshore and exploration work," Miller Tabak analysts wrote in a Jan. 23 report.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.4%

Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin was basically the same from a year ago.

Schlumberger has average liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.36, which shows that the company can technically meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth was about the same as the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $90.83. The stock closed Wednesday at $77.36 and has risen 13.25% year to date.

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Stock quotes in this article: MAC, MXIM, SLB 

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