3 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: Quality Systems ( QSII), Tiffany ( TIF) and Tupperware ( TUP).

The three stocks received buy ratings at TheStreet Ratings.

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Quality Systems

"Various risks could impair QSII's key operating segments, causing a revaluation of its shares," Deutsche Bank analysts wrote in a Feb. 17 report. "In particular, we cite the inability of QSII to expand the market due to a limited addressable market opportunity (given that the company doesn't have products to address the large hospital market and doesn't scale down well to the small end of the physician market), the potential for new entrants in the ambulatory market that may alter growth/profit dynamics, and a potential downturn in the macro environment. A potential upside risk is increased spending in the ambulatory market, caused by increased EHR adoption and stable pricing, which would accelerate top-line growth."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.6%

Rated "A+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin was about the same as last year.

Quality Systems is extremely liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 2.15, which shows that the company can meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 33.25% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $49.42. The stock closed Wednesday at $42.82 and has risen 15.76% year to date.

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Tiffany

The jewelry retailer is scheduled to report fourth-quarter results on March 20. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of $1.41 a share on revenue of $1.19 billion.

"We note that TIF has very difficult same-store sales comparisons until the fourth quarter and near term we do expect the eastern half of the U.S. and London may remain challenging offset by growth in Continental Europe and Asia-Pacific," Sterne Agee analysts wrote in a Feb. 28 report. "TIF had previously reported its holiday sales and updated its earnings guidance in a range of $3.60-$3.65."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.7%

Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin remained about the same as last year.

Tiffany has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.90, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 15.71% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $76.84. The stock closed Wednesday at $67.84 and has risen 2.38% year to date.


Tupperware

The container maker reported last month fourth-quarter earnings of $86.9 million, or $1.53 a share, up from year-ago earnings of $80.7 million, or $1.29.

"While it seems that TUP requires more spending to sustain their relatively strong top line growth, we still find their valuation inexpensive, with the stock trading at just over 12x our NTM forecast," JPMorgan analysts wrote in a Feb. 2 report.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.3%

Rated "A- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin was about the same as it was a year ago.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 36.66% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $81.89. The stock closed Wednesday at $61.91 and has risen 10.61% year to date.

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