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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: Aetna (AET) and Potash (POT).

Both stocks were rated buy at TheStreet Ratings.

Aetna

The health care benefits company is scheduled to report its first-quarter earnings on April 26. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of $1.39 a share on revenue of $8.69 billion.

"For Aetna, our downgrade primarily reflects its more limited growth prospects in the commercial health plan business," Goldman Sachs analysts wrote in a March 22 report. "Since adding Aetna to the Americas Buy List on February 7, 2011, the stock is up 26% (vs. S&P 500 +6%)."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.4%

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

Aetna has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.55, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 2.31% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $65.05. The stock closed Thursday (the stock market was closed Friday) at $49.62 and has risen 17.61% year to date.

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