2 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

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 lookfor additional opportunities to reduce interest expense through refinancingopportunities," 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.

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Tootsie Roll Industries

The confectionery products maker reported earlier this month fourth-quarter earnings of $10.3 million, or 18 cents a share, up from year-ago earnings of $9.4 million, or 16 cents.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.3%

Rated "B- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: Tootsie Roll's price target at TheStreet Ratings is $27.64. The stock closed Wednesday at $23.25 and has fallen 1.77% year to date.

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