10 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- These stocks go ex-dividend Monday, meaning an investor must purchase the shares Friday to qualify for the next dividend payment: TD Ameritrade ( AMTD), Hasbro ( HAS), Western Gas Partners ( WES), AON ( AON), Brink's ( BCO), Carbo Ceramics ( CRR), Genesis ( GEL), Paychex ( PAYX), People's United Financial ( PBCT), Pinnacle West Capital ( PNW).

Each of these stocks received buy ratings from TheStreet Ratings.

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TD Ameritrade

The brokerage reported first-quarter profit of $152 million, or 27 cents a share, on Jan. 17, an increase from $145 million, or 25 cents, last year.

"Revenues were a bit weaker due to a seasonal retrenchment in retail trading and the continued impact of near-zero interest rates; expenses were also a touch higher than we forecast," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a report about TD Ameritrade's earnings. "On a more positive note, net new asset gathering was once again strong and share repurchase activity continues to pace well ahead of our expectations (over 1% of the company during the quarter alone)."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.4%

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

In the first quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 2.95% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $19.38. The stock closed Thursday at $16.37.

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Hasbro

The toy manufacturer announced preliminary fiscal-year earnings on Jan. 17, saying it anticipates 7% revenue growth to $1.33 billion. Hasbro also expects per-share earnings to rise somewhere between 2% and 4%. earnings per shares growth. The company's 2010 full-year earnings per share were $2.74.

"While results were clearly disappointing and well below our numbers, we believe a certain degree of earnings risk around the holiday season is reflected in the stock HAS has underperformed Mattel, Inc. (MAT-NASDAQ) by approximately 41% and the S&P by roughly 39% since December 1, 2011, particularly as there has been elevated concern in the channel surrounding the success of Transformers," Keybanc Capital Markets wrote in a report on Jan. 18.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.5%

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

Hasbro has strong liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.56, which shows it can meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 7.13% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $37.83. The stock closed Thursday at $34.90.


Western Gas Partners

This energy company completed the acquisition of Mountain Gas Resources from Anadarko for $483 million on Jan. 16.

"We are raising our valuation range by $6 to $37-40 per unit to reflect a higher forecasted five-year distribution CAGR of 15.0% versus our previous estimate of 10.7%. Our accelerated distribution growth outlook is supported by contributions from WES's larger than expected Q1 2012 acquisition, which should be highly accretive, and a higher assumed capex budget for 2013+," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a Dec. 20 report.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 4.3%

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

Western Gas Partners is extremely liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 3.43, which demonstrates that the company can meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 77.37% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $50.66. The stock closed Thursday at $41.29.

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Brink's

The secure transportation company is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 2. The company said Thursday it would not be including expenses from frozen U.S. pension plans or retirement packages from its former operations in the non-GAAP results. Analysts, on average, expect profit of 59 cents a share on $1.05 billion in revenue.

"One of the key factors to earnings growth during the next few years in our opinion will be the turnaround of the company's Mexican business, SPP, which was acquired at the end of 2010," Davenport analysts wrote in a report on Wednesday. "Mexico is the fifth largest armored transportation market in the world with total revenues estimated at $900mm. SPP is the largest provider of cash-in-transit services in Mexico and has been marginally profitable and ahead of the internal operating plan."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.4%

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

Brink's has average liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.11, which shows that the company can technically meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 3.23% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $32. The stock closed Thursday at $28.47.


Aon

The human resource consulting company announced Jan. 13 it is redomiciling to the U.K.

"The timing of the announcement surprised us but not its essence, particularlyas Aon becomes an increasingly internationally-focused business and London is by far the largest international insurance hub in the world," Deutsche Bank analysts wrote in a report on Jan. 13.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.3%

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

Aon has very weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.29, which clearly demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 42.14% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $56.17. The stock closed Thursday at $47.65.

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Carbo Ceramics

This ceramic proppants manufacturer announced $158.1 million in fourth-quarter revenue, an increase of 32% from $119.6 million a year earlier. The company's fourth-quarter profit was $33.1 million, or $1.43 a share, up from $20.8 million, or 90 cents, last year.

"We are lowering our 2012, 2013, and 2104 EPS estimates to $6.35, $9.00, and $12.50 from $7.50, $10.05, and $14.00, respectively, based mainly on lower capacity utilization," Dahlman Rose analysts wrote in a report on Friday. "We no longer assume Carbo is sold out and, instead, assume ceramic capacity utilization is 89% -- and then 94% in 2012 and 2013 -- and assume RCS capacity utilization is 75% and 89% in 2012 and 2013, respectively."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.7%

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

Carbo is extremely liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 2.31, which demonstrates it can meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 19.33% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $168.33. The stock closed Thursday at $104.


Genesis Energy

Genesis is involved in the midstream segment of the oil and natural gas business. It announced on Jan. 11 that it would offer a 2.9% higher dividend of 44 cents a share to shareholders.

"This was slightly below our estimate of $0.4475 but up 10.0% compared to the February 2011 distribution," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a report on Jan. 11.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 6.1%

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

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

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 43.67% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $33.03. The stock closed Thursday at $28.98.

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Paychex

The human resource outsourcing company announced it acquired attendance solutions firm Icon Time Systems on Jan. 9.

"Paychex is well positioned for a sustained recovery in private sector jobs, continued outsourcing and at some point maybe even a back up in rates," Credit Suisse analysts wrote on Jan. 18. "Paychex has no direct exposure to public sector jobs."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.9%

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

Paychex has very weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.20, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the second quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 7.53% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $37.34. The stock closed Thursday at $32.56.


People's United Financial

This bank posted fourth-quarter net income of $43 million, or 12 cents a share, an increase from $32 million, or 9 cents, a year ago.

"We expect PBCT to post improved results in FY12 with execution on the cost cutting strategy and the concurrent return to operating leverage in 1H12, further market share gains, and share buybacks/M&A. However, we await a better entry point, as the rate of improvement is sensitive to capital deployment, which came at a slower pace in 4Q11," Deutsche Bank analysts wrote in a report on Jan. 23.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 4.9%

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

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth also remained about the same from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $15.47. The stock closed Thursday at $12.63.

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Pinnacle West Capital

The electric company declared a dividend of 53 cents a share, to be paid on March 1.

"Although we are still cautious of the future regulatory environment in AZ, PNW hassuccessfully negotiated a reasonable settlement in its Arizona Public Service rate case giving investors visibility and stability around future earnings," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a report on Jan. 16. "The settlement helps APS maintain an investment grade rating and supports PNW's dividend. Renewables and transmission projects will provide growth in the interim, in our view."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 4.4%

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

Pinnacle has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.52, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 4.76% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $54.85. The stock closed Thursday at $48.53.

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