7 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The following stocks go ex-dividend Wednesday, meaning an investor must purchase the stock Tuesday to qualify for the next dividend payment: Abbott Laboratories ( ABT), Aetna ( AET), Freeport-McMoran ( FCX), Foot Locker ( FL), Morningstar ( MORN), Whole Foods Market ( WFM) and Yum! Brands ( YUM). Each of the stocks gets a buy rating from TheStreet Ratings.

Abbott Laboratories

Abbott Laboratories is a health care products company. Abbott announced on Monday an exclusive licensing agreement with Apricus Biosciences ( APRI) that gives Abbott the rights to market Apricus' erectile dysfunction treatment Vitaros in Canada. Abbott has increased its dividend for 39 consecutive years.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.4%

Rated "B (Buy)" By TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin was basically unchanged from the prior year.

Abbott's liquidity is weak. Its Quick Ratio is 0.97, which demonstrates a lack of ability to cover short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 14.94%.

TheStreet Ratings' price target on Abbott is $65.11. The stock closed Monday at $55.85.

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