NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The following stocks go ex-dividend Friday, meaning an investor must purchase the shares Thursday to qualify for the next dividend payment: Schlumberger ( SLB), Macerich ( MAC) and Maxim Integrated ( MXIM). Each of the stocks gets a buy rating from TheStreet Ratings. See the complete Dividend Calendar.
Schlumberger The oilfield services company, reported last month fourth-quarter earnings of $1.4 billion, or $1.05 a share, up from year-ago earnings of $1 billion, or 76 cents. "With pricing on new large contracts and on placements of equipment on new offshore rigs still very competitive, we are reducing our forecast of margin expansion outside North America 19.4% for 2012, up from 18.2% for 2011 with much of the improvement coming from Libya and from the mix toward more offshore and exploration work," Miller Tabak analysts wrote in a Jan. 23 report. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.4% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin was basically the same from a year ago. Schlumberger has average liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.36, which shows that the company can technically meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth was about the same as the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $90.83. The stock closed Wednesday at $77.36 and has risen 13.25% year to date.