8 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: McDonald's ( MCD), Lockheed Martin ( LMT), Southwest Airlines ( LUV), L-3 Communications ( LLL), Loews ( L), Sara Lee ( SLE), Tyson Foods ( TSN) and Wendy's ( WEN).

Each of the stocks was rated buy at TheStreet Ratings.

McDonald's

The fast food chain earlier this month reported 6.7% global comparable sales growth in January.

"January's +6.7% global comp was higher than our/Street estimates of 5.9%," Oppenheimer analysts wrote in a Feb. 8 report. "Trends were solid across all regions driven in part by new product buzz (like Chicken McBites in the US) and favorable weather patterns. We keep our 2012E/2013E EPS estimates of $5.73/$6.30 unchanged and believe the stock's risk/reward profile remains fairly balanced."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.8%

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

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $124.32. The stock closed Friday at $100.32 and is down 0.01% year to date.

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