3 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The following stocks go ex-dividend Tuesday, meaning an investor must purchase the shares Monday to qualify for the next dividend payment: H.B. Fuller ( FUL), Sensient Technologies ( SXT) and Wintrust Financial ( WTFC).

The three stocks received buy ratings from TheStreet Ratings.

H.B. Fuller

The chemical manufacturer reported last month fourth-quarter earnings of $26.4 million, or 53 cents a share, an increase from $21.9 million, or 44 cents a share, in the fourth quarter of 2010.

H.B. Fuller also announced that it would acquire Forbo's industrial adhesive business in December. Of the acquisition, Deutsche Bank analysts wrote in a Jan. 20 report that, "Our analysis shows Forbo to be highly accretive, adding $0.30-$0.40 in Year 2 (~'13), and most importantly, creating value (ROIC > WACC} in Year 3 (ROIC: 11.1%; WACC: 10%). However, with demand in core N. American and European markets tepid, housing/construction demand unlikely to recover meaningfully in '12 and Fuller's '12 guidance based on EUR/USD of $1.38 (vs 1.29 today, implying $0.04 downside to guidance), we see limited ability for Fuller to exceed its guidance in '12."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1%

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

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $32.80. The stock closed Friday at $29.97.

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Sensient Technologies

The fragrances company is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of 56 cents a share on revenue of $352.6 million.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.1%

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

Sensient has average liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.16, which means the company can technically meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 6.99% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $47.17. The stock closed Friday at $40.92.


Wintrust Financial

The bank reported last month fourth-quarter earnings of $19.2 million, or 41 cents a share, a swing from a year-earlier loss of 6 cents a 6 cents a share after the payment of higher preferred dividends.

"Beyond a general rise in the sector, WTFC's valuation will have a hard time moving higher until a material lift in ROA seems sustainable, in our judgment," Sterne Agee analysts wrote in a Jan. 23 report. "Income oriented investors may want to consider WTFC's tangible equity units, which are trading for a slight discount to the conversion and boast a current yield of ~7.5%."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.6%

Rated "B- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-uarter gross profit margin increased from the prior year.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 7.44% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $35.78. The stock closed Friday at $31.95.

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