3 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

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.

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