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: NV Energy ( NVE) and Tootsie Roll ( TR). Both stocks received a buy rating from TheStreet Ratings.
NV Energy The electricity company reported last month a fourth-quarter loss of $25.2 million, or 11 cents a share, a swing from year-ago earnings of $14.2 million, or 6 cents. "With the period of rapid growth now behind NV Energy, management will focus on cost controls, including keeping operating & maintenance expenses flat, and will look for additional opportunities to reduce interest expense through refinancing opportunities," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a Feb. 23 report. "Plans to file with the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to merge the two utilities have been delayed indefinitely." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.3% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin was basically the same as it was a year ago. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $18.50. The stock closed Wednesday at $15.68 and has fallen 4.1% year to date.