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2 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: Total System Services (TSS - Get Report) and Xcel Energy (XEL - Get Report).

Both of the stocks received a buy rating from TheStreet Ratings.

Total System Services

The electronic payment processing company reported in late January fourth-quarter earnings of $59.9 million, or 31 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $47.2 million, or 24 cents.

"Although TSS still expects margins to be around 6% in 2012 (down from 1011% in 2011) as a result of expense reallocation, it believes it can drive margins internationally to 20% over the medium term with 300-400bps of expansion annually," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a Feb. 22 report. "Catalysts for this include: (1) streamlining the PRIME platform; (2) winning new business and building scale; and (3) potentially selling or closing unprofitable operations in select countries."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.8%

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

Total System Services has average liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.48, which shows the company can technically meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 4.84% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $29.11. The stock closed Friday at $22.83 and has risen 16.72% year to date.

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