5 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The following stocks go ex-dividend Thursday, meaning an investor must purchase the shares Wednesday to qualify for the next dividend payment: General Electric ( GE), McGraw-Hill ( MHP), Assurant ( AIZ), Tractor Supply ( TSCO) and Atmos Energy ( ATO).

Each of the stocks was rated a buy at TheStreet Ratings.

General Electric

The industrial conglomerate had its price target raised by JPMorgan Chase analysts on Friday to $21 from $20 based on the strength of the company's financial arm, General Electric Capital Services.

"GECS has moved from a drag with capital adequacy concerns to a cash 'gusher,' which we believe is being underappreciated in the sum-of-the-parts discussion at GE," JPMorgan analysts wrote in the Feb. 17 report. "It's now time for a discussion around GECS as an upside lever for valuation. Unlike any time over the past decade when investors could buy a combination of pure-play financials and industrials, the best way to re-create GE now is to buy GE."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.5%

Rated "B (Buy)" at TheStreet Ratings: In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 2.13% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $21.96. The stock closed Tuesday at $19.41 and has risen 8.38% year to date.

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