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9 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

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Nu Skin

The personal care products company reported earlier this month fourth-quarter earnings of $49.5 million, or 76 cents a share, up from year-ago earnings of $37.3 million, or 58 cents.

"Our thesis remains that Nu Skin is in the midst of a powerful product cycle, coupled with a concerted effort to improve margins that should drive above-average EPS growth," Canaccord analysts wrote in a Feb. 3 report.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.5%

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

Nu Skin has average liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.34, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 21.85% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $70.98. The stock closed Friday at $54.40 and has increased 12% year to date.






Robert Half International

The staffing company reported last month fourth-quarter earnings of $42 million, or 30 cents a share, up from year-ago earnings of $24.1 million, or 17 cents.

"In addition to the increased dividend, we believe that the company will be able to continue to buy back stock," William Blair analysts wrote in a Feb. 8 report. "Because of the company's organic growth focus, there are not many other uses for free cash flow than share purchases and dividends. That is why the company's share count has decreased every one of the last seven years, including an aggregate 20% decrease in the company's share count over that time period and a 2.2% year-over-year decrease in the fourth quarter."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.1%

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

Robert Half has strong liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.63, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 4.05% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $34.35. The stock closed Friday at $29.17 and has increased 2.49% year to date.

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