NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The following stocks go ex-dividend Wednesday, meaning an investor must purchase the shares Tuesday to qualify for the next dividend payment: Western Union (WU), Total (TOT), Rayonier (RYN), National Oilwell Varco (NOV), Mead Johnson (MJN), Hollyfrontier (HFC), Fidelity National Financial (FNF), Equity One (EQY), DST Systems (DST), Chubb (CB) and Ametek (AME).
Each of the stocks received a buy rating from TheStreet Ratings.
The money transferring company reported last month fourth-quarter earnings of $452.3 million, or 73 cents a share, up from year-ago earnings of $242.6 million, or 37 cents."While WU should have better managed expectations around '12 margins, and the margin expansion part of the story has been pushed out a year, we believe the investments which are inhibiting near-term margin improvement (WU.com, mobile) will help promote longer-term top-line growth," Jefferies analysts wrote in a March 6 report. "At ~$100M in revs, WU.com likely makes WU the largest player in online money transfer, which we expect will remain dwarfed by the traditional cash-based model for the foreseeable future, but we believe is generally additive rather than cannibalistic to WU's core business." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.3% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin increased from the previous year. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 53.56% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $20.07. The stock closed Monday at $17.78 and has declined 2.63% year to date.
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