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5 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The following stocks go ex-dividend Tuesday, meaning an investor must purchase the shares Monday to qualify for the next dividend payment: Home Depot (HD), Kronos Worldwide (KRO), Gardner Denver (GDI), MDU Resources Group (MDU) and TAL International Group (TAL).

Each of the companies received a buy rating from TheStreet Ratings.

Home Depot

The No. 1 home-improvement retailer reported fourth-quarter earnings last month of $774 million, or 51 cents a share, up from year-ago earnings of $587 million, or 36 cents.

"Shorter term, the housing trade is playing out again on renewed hopes of a sustained rebound and P/E multiples have expanded," Jefferies analysts wrote in a Feb. 22 report. "At this level, housing data points will remain important, particularly as we get past easy weather comparison months like January and into the heart of the spring/summer season. We are primarily focused on housing inventory and price stabilization -- this could be at risk if more supply increases now that a mortgage settlement has been reached with the banks."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.4%

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

Home Depot has very weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.34, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 5.24% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $59.50. The stock closed Friday at $47.41 and has risen 12.77% year to date.

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