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9 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

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Cliffs Natural Resources

The mining company is scheduled to report first-quarter earnings on April 25. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of $1.14 a share on revenue of $1.31 billion.

"We retain our US$72/sh target price on CLF and NEUTRAL rating, but see risk that the stock trades down over the next week as a result of the expected earnings downgrades," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in an April 18 report. "The iron ore market has strengthened since MarQ however (spot is now $150/t), so the street should have little need to adjust earnings for the balance of the year."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.7%

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

Cliffs Natural Resources 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 50.41% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $78.94.






Healthcare Services Group

The housekeeping services company reported on April 10 first-quarter earnings of $8.6 million, or 13 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $7.8 million, or 12 cents.

"We are maintaining our Buy rating on HCSG as we believe the Q1:12 EPS miss, which was driven by lower than expected gross margins, is a one-time event and has been addressed," Benchmark analysts wrote in an April 10 report.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3%

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

Healthcare Services Group is very liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 4.29, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the first quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 2.81% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $24.63.

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