NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The following stocks go ex-dividend Thursday, meaning an investor must purchase the shares Wednesday to qualify for the next dividend payment: Verizon (VZ), General Mills (GIS), Darden (DRI), Intuit (INTU) and OGE Energy (OGE).
Each of the stocks received a buy rating from TheStreet Ratings.
The telecommunications company is scheduled to report first-quarter earnings on April 18. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of 58 cents a share on revenue of $28.21 billion."While VZ trades at 15.5x 2012 CS EPS, a premium to T at 13x, the premium may be warranted given VZ's better growth prospects," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a report Monday. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 5.2% Rated "B- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the previous year. Verizon has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.84, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 6.73% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $44.62.
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