4 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The following stocks go ex-dividend Tuesday, meaning an investor must purchase the shares Monday to qualify for the next dividend payment: Adtran ( ADTN), Aptargroup ( ATR), H.B. Fuller ( FUL) and Government Properties Income Trust ( GOV).

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

Adtran

The networking equipment maker reported on April 10 first-quarter earnings of $13 million, or 20 cents a share, down from year-earlier earnings of $34.3 million, or 52 cents.

"We view ADTN as an indirect play on global network traffic on wired and wireless networks," ThinkEquity analysts wrote in an April 16 report. "Our $31 price target is based on 15.1x our updated FY13 EPS estimate of $2.05. We find the stock fairly valued in the low-to-mid $30s and would see support in the high $20s or 10x our new CY13E plus $8.00 in net cash."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.2%

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

Adtran is very liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 3.93, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs.

In the first quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 11.15% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $35.40.

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AptarGroup

The consumer product dispensing system company is scheduled to report first-quarter results on April 25. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of 63 cents a share on revenue of $578.95 million.

"We consider AptarGroup, Inc. (ATR-NYSE) a high-quality company in every respect: it has a solid long-term track record, it has been managed conservatively (examples include its limited use of debt, focus on organic growth rather than on acquisition driven growth, the absence of adjustments in its reported results, and the challenging targets on which management incentive payouts are based), and its products are clearly differentiated and make life easier for consumers," KeyBanc Capital Markets analysts wrote in an April 11 report. "We also believe Aptar has ample opportunities to grow in the years to come, particularly in its Pharma and Food & Beverage businesses."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.6%

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

AptarGroup has average liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.48, which shows the company can technically meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth was about the same as it was the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $62.95.


H.B. Fuller

The specialty chemical products company reported on March 28 first-quarter earnings of $15.3 million, or 30 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $14.4 million, or 29 cents.

"Overall, we believe multiple expansion should unfold as strategic growth and cost savings initiatives continue to gain traction helping transform H.B. Fuller Company (FUL-NYSE) into a highly profitable adhesives company with solid earnings potential in FY12E and beyond," KeyBanc Capital Markets analysts wrote in an April 2 report. "We view accelerating volume growth, positive accretion from the FORBO acquisition and potential upside from cost synergies unfolding faster than expected in FY12 as positive catalysts for the stock."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.1%

Rated "A+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's first-quarter gross profit margin increased from the previous year.

H.B. Fuller has average liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.46, which shows the company can technically meet its short-term cash needs.

In the first quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 9.43% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $41.24.

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Government Properties Income Trust

"GOV's current cash flow continues to benefit from low, floating rate debt, but the company has stated that it plans to re-fi its debt over the long term (LT) -- we estimate putting longer-term fixed rate debt to replace the existing debt stack will reduce the annual earnings run rate by more than $0.20/share," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a Feb. 24 report. "Shares currently trade in line with our NAV estimate, but we believe a modest discount is warranted based on future tenant pressures and limited long-term rent growth prospects."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 7.1%

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

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 17.72% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $27.06.

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