4 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: Dr. Pepper Snapple Group ( DPS), DTE Energy ( DTE), Federal Realty Investment Trust ( FRT) and Rogers Communications ( RCI).

Each of the stocks received a buy rating from TheStreet Ratings.

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group

The beverage company reported last month fourth-quarter earnings of $166 million, or 78 cents a share, up from year-ago earnings of $112 million, or 49 cents.

"Coming out of the Consumer Analyst Group of New York presentation we continue to believe management is executing well against a good strategy for growing a relatively mature business," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a Feb. 23 report. "However, given the lingering impact of higher commodity prices and lack of near-term catalysts we see limited opportunity for share price appreciation from the current level. We maintain our Market Perform rating and $36-38 valuation range."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.6%

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

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.70, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 7.97% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $43.54. The stock closed Tuesday at $38.93 and has fallen 1.39% year to date.

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DTE Energy

The electrical and natural gas utility reported last month fourth-quarter earnings of $150 million, or 88 cents a share, down from year-ago earnings of $152 million, or 90 cents.

"We see opportunity for the Pipeline business to be a good mid-term growth driverconsidering the attractive Marcellus footprint," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a Feb. 21 report.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 4.2%

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

DTE Energy has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.62, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 4.26% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $67.09. The stock closed Tuesday at $56.46 and has risen 3.69% year to date.


Federal Realty Investment Trust

The real estate investment trust reported last month fourth-quarter earnings of $30.8 million, or 48 cents a share, down from year-ago earnings of $32.7 million, or 53 cents.

"FRT has built a best-in-class portfolio that delivers solid core growth in good times & stays resilient during down times," Keefe, Bruyette & Woods analysts wrote in a Feb. 17 report.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.9%

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

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 5.76% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $115.02. The stock closed Tuesday at $97.73 and has risen 7.69% year to date.

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Rogers Communications

The media company reported last month fourth-quarter earnings of $327 million, or 62 cents a share, up from year-ago earnings of $302 million, or 54 cents.

"We continue to see ROG as a sales driven story with well characterized costs," ThinkEquity analysts wrote in a Feb. 21 report. "While potential improvement in costs is welcome, we look at ROG's long history and see limited room for declining costs. Too aggressive cost cutting could bite into marketing investment, an element supporting ROG's leading market share, and manufacturing improvement is likely replicated at competitors and leads to a similar decline in price, in our view."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 4.2%

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

Rogers Communications has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.62, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 9.77% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $44.27. The stock closed Tuesday at $39.79 and has risen 3.32% year to date.

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