5 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- These stocks go ex-dividend Monday, meaning an investor must purchase the stocks Friday to qualify for the next dividend payment: Provident Energy ( PVX), PNM Resources ( PNM), Lakeland Financial ( LKFN), Lowe's ( LOW) and Cooper ( COO).

The stocks get buy ratings from TheStreet Ratings.

Provident Energy

Provident Energy is a natural gas liquids company. Pembina Pipeline announced it would acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of Provident Energy on Jan. 16.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 5.7%

Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin increased from one year ago.

Provident has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.63, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 4.75% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $11.99. The stock closed Thursday at $11.33.

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PNM Resources

PNM Resources is an energy company. It is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 29.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.8%

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

PNM has very weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.25, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 9.92% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $23.47. Shares closed Thursday at $17.52.


Lakeland Financial

Lakeland Financial is the holding company for Lake City Bank. It's scheduled to report its fourth-quarter earnings on Monday.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.4%

Rated "A (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margins increased from the previous year.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 9.5% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $31.13. The stock closed Thursday at $26.69.

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Lowe's

Lowe's is the No. 2 home-improvement retailer behind Home Depot. The company is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 27.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.1%

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

Lowe's has very weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.11, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 11.02% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $30.48. The stock closed Thursday at $27.33.


Cooper

Cooper is a global medical device company. The firm is scheduled to report its first-quarter earnings on Feb. 27.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.1%

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

Cooper has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.82, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholder's net worth increased 16.24% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $92.40. Shares closed Thursday at $70.87.

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