NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The following stocks go ex-dividend Wednesday, meaning an investor must purchase the shares Tuesday to qualify for the next dividend payment: MasterCard ( MA), Campbell Soup ( CPB) and BB&T ( BBT). Each of the stocks received a buy rating from TheStreet Ratings.
MasterCard The credit card company and rival Visa ( V) warned customers there was a possible third-party security breach on Friday. "Certainly, the headlines are not a positive for the payments space in general as far as confidence on security is concerned," Keefe, Bruyette & Woods analysts wrote in a March 30 report. "However, with the limited details we have, it would seem to indicate that the systems that were breached were not those of MA or V and most likely a processor/acquirer. Recall, it is the breached entity (in this case it would appear based on press articles, the merchant acquirer/processor) that would bear the liability to the extent damages are incurred." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.3% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin increased from the previous year. MasterCard has strong liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.52, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 12.73% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $550.66. The stock closed Monday at $432.05 and has risen 15.89% year to date.
BB&T "Given its #5 market share and position as the largest independent institution in Mobile (a port city) and limited presence around Montgomery and Birmingham, BTFG may garner interest from a number of institutions," Guggenheim analysts wrote in a March 23 report. "One caveat is that not all may be interested in its nonmetro Alabama and Panhandle franchise. We think Ameris Bancorp (ABCB, NC, $13.08), Cadence Bancorp (private), Home BancShares (HOMB, NC, $26.16), BancorpSouth (BXS, NEUTRAL, $13.52), IBERIA (IBKC, NEUTRAL, $53.89), Hancock (HBHC, NEUTRAL, $35.31), Trustmark (TRMK, NEUTRAL, $24.80) and BB&T (BBT, $30.83, NEUTRAL) may have an interest, given operations in Mobile and/or elsewhere around the BTFG franchise." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.5% Rated "A- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin increased from the previous year. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 5.97% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $36.35. The stock closed Monday at $31.34 and has risen 24.51% year to date. -- Written by Alexandra Zendrian >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Alexandra Zendrian >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to Alexandra Zendrian.