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5 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

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Washington Post

The media company reported on Feb. 24 fourth-quarter earnings of $61.7 million, or $8.03 a share, down from year-earlier earnings of $79 million, or $9.42 a share.

"We see few short-term operating catalysts, but the firm's strong balance sheet and cash flows from core operations should allow the Post to continue repurchasing shares at attractive prices," Morningstar analysts wrote in an April 8 report.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.5%

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

Washington Post has average liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.16, which shows the company can technically meet short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 7.52% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $443.21.






Weight Watchers

The weight loss company reported on March 28 the results of its modified Dutch auction in which Weight Watchers accepted 8.78 million shares for $82 a share, a total about $720 million.

"WTW's pre-tender 2012 EPS outlook was slightly lower than expected at $4.20- $4.60, but simultaneously, WTW announced a modified Dutch auction, repurchasing nearly a quarter of the company with debt, demonstrating the power of WTW's cash flow capabilities," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in an April 2 report. "We estimate 45c of accretion from the tender in 2012, but continued benefit in '13 and beyond as WTW de-levers with cash flow."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.9%

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

Weight Watchers has very weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.19, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 41.02% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $97.43.

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