2 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- These stocks go ex-dividend Friday, meaning an investor must purchase the stocks Thursday to qualify for the next dividend payment: Colgate-Palmolive ( CL) and Siemens ( SI).

Both companies received buy ratings from TheStreet Ratings.

Colgate-Palmolive

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Colgate-Palmolive is a consumer products company that makes products such as liquid hand soap and toothpaste. The company's fourth-quarter earnings are scheduled for next Thursday.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.6%

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

Colgate-Palmolive has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.62, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth remained about the same from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $113.05. Shares closed Wednesday at $90.31.

Siemens

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Germany's Siemens is an electrical engineering and electronics company. The company reports its first-quarter earnings on Tuesday.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3%

Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin was about the same from a year ago.

Siemens has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.65, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 24.04% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target on Siemens is $137.30. Shares closed Wednesday at $100.48.

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