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9 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

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Pentair

The industrial manufacturing company is scheduled to report its first-quarter earnings on Tuesday. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of 56 cents a share on revenue of $899.27 million.

"Yesterday's announced planned merger between Tyco Flow Control and Pentair appears to offer substantial value for shareholders in the near-term, with more meaningful value if estimated operating and revenue synergies are realized," Wedbush analysts wrote in a March 29 report. "Though a meaningful transaction is a bit disconcerting on the heels of the company's significant acquisition of CPT last year, there appears to be sufficient operating and financial synergies to justify the transaction."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2%

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

Pentair has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.96, which demonstrates a lack of ability for the company to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 7.63% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $51.10.


Signet Jewelers

The jewelry company reported on March 22 fourth-quarter earnings of $156.6 million, or $1.79 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $105.4 million, or $1.21.

"Shares of SIG have come under pressure post Q4 earnings (down 8% vs. group flat) due to a perceived comp slowdown and negative Street revisions via the impact of a Q1 calendar shift," JPMorgan analysts wrote in an April 2 report. "Now, with the negative catalyst out of the way, we feel that the SIG shares can begin to work again from here. Reasons for our optimism stem from 1) the fact that the negative Q1 Mother's Day shift will turn into a positive Q2 shift, 2) an anticipated near-term round of price increases should give a boost to both margins and comps coming out of Q1, 3) we believe the negative UK comps in February bounced back in March and 4) Street numbers now reflect a more compelling "beat and raise" setup."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1%

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

Signet Jewelers has strong liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.87, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 17.53% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $54.23.

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