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Ex-Dividend Stocks: Johnson & Johnson, McGraw-Hill

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McGraw-Hill

The information services company reported first-quarter earnings on April 24 of $123 million, or 43 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $120 million, or 39 cents.

"It seems increasingly apparent that positive, incremental newsflow around further costs savings, over and above the announced US$100m and application of free cash flows may well be kept in the locker for announcement post Plan," Jefferies analysts wrote in an April 25 report.

The company plans to split into two companies, spinning off its smaller education division.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.3%


Assurant

The specialized insurance company reported first-quarter earnings on April 25 of $163.3 million, or $1.81 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $140.8 million, or $1.38.

"We reiterate our negative near-term view on AIZ shares following Day 1 of the NYDFS hearings which focused on low loss ratios relative to filed rate assumptions and included calls for a minimum loss ratio (80% was mentioned very consistently)," Sterne Agee analysts wrote in a May 18 report. "We believe the tone, combined with several new data points, bode poorly for the potential size and profitability of the business going forward."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.4%

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