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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Campbell Soup

"Campbell Soup followed its respectable F2Q12 results with a solid CAGNYpresentation," Deutsche Bank analysts wrote in a Feb. 23 report. "Despite these marginally better developments, we still believe a turnaround will take time. In addition the food industry is challenging in major regions such as the U.S., Europe and Australia. Yet we don't see much downside given a 7% FCF yield and solid balance sheet."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.4%

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

Campbell Soup has very weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.47, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the second quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 34.42% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $38.32. The stock closed Monday at $33.83 and has risen 1.77% 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.

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