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8 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

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Heartland Express

The trucking company was upgraded to buy from hold by TheStreet Ratings on Feb. 17.

"HTLD did a solid job of controlling rising cost as it generated a 79.5% OR (87.0% net of gains on sales) despite a mediocre freight environment," Deutsche Bank analysts wrote in a Jan. 23 report. "HTLD is Hold-rated as we see a balanced risk/reward equation at current levels."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.5%

Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the previous year.

Heartland Express is extremely liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 4.04, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 1.97% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $17.53. The stock closed Monday at $15.05 and has risen 5.32% year to date.






World Fuel Services

The fuel company reported last month fourth-quarter earnings of $50 million, or 70 cents a share, up from year-ago earnings of $39.4 million, or 57 cents.

"INT posted a solid quarter under a backdrop which was negatively impacted by oil product price volatility and a reduction in military work," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a Feb. 24 report. "While oil price volatility has historically benefitted INT, the abnormal inversion on the spread between jet fuel and heating oil negatively impacted Q4. We expect the negative impact from this spread to unwind in Q1 but less military work (low volumes, but high margins) should partially offset the normalization of the jet fuel/heating oil spread. Bottom line - the long term story remains intact we are increasing our target price to $56 (from $46)."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.4%

Rated "B+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the previous year.

World Fuel Services has average liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.17, which shows the company can technically meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 18.25% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $56.10. The stock closed Monday at $42.42 and has risen 1.05% year to date.

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