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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:
Coca-Cola(KO - Get Report),
Macy's(M - Get Report),
Merck(MRK - Get Report),
Eastman Chemical(EMN - Get Report),
Digital Realty Trust(DLR),
Leggett & Platt(LEG),
Legg Mason(LM - Get Report),
Each of the stocks received a buy rating from
In recent news, the soft drink maker as well as its rival
Pepsi(PEP) are changing the way they make the coloring in their sodas to avoid the need for a cancer warning label in California,
The Associated Press reported.
"We maintain our FY12E EPS of $3.98, but are shifting the flow of quarterly estimates," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a Feb. 22 report. "We lower 1Q12 EPS from $0.88 to $0.85 to account for gross margins down 140bps versus the year-ago period. Also, we are raising 4Q12 EPS from $0.86 to $0.89, as gross margins should sequentially improve as commodity cost comparisons ease. We also factor in a pension contribution of $900mn in 1Q and are raising our FY12 capex expectations from $2.2bn to $3.1bn."
Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3%
Rated "A (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin was basically unchanged from last year.
Coca-Cola has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.78, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.
In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 2.03% from the prior year.
TheStreet Ratings' price target is
$80.39. The stock closed Friday at $69.51 and has ticked down slightly year to date.