4 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings: F, ASML, FAST, STX

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The following stocks go ex-dividend Monday, meaning an investor must purchase the shares Friday to qualify for the next dividend payment: Ford ( F), ASML Holding ( ASML), Fastenal ( FAST) and Seagate Technology ( STX).

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


The U.S. automaker is scheduled to report first-quarter results on Friday. Analysts, on average, expect earnings of 35 cents a share on revenue of $31.49 billion.

"For the rest of 2012e, we have actually modestly bumped our EPS estimate by $0.04 (or 3.7%) to an in-line estimate, and raised our 2013e estimate by $0.03 (or 1.6%) and are now 6% ahead of $1.76 consensus," Jefferies analysts wrote in a report Wednesday. "(Our 2013e EBITDA forecast and price target moderate slightly due to an adjustment in our D&A estimate.) This EPS raise primarily reflects our increased conviction in the 2012-13 SAAR plus Ford's planned North American production increase later this year, partly offset by modestly lower International expectations. While our upward revision is modest, the shares clearly have been trading as if material downward revisions are on the near-term horizon."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.8%

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 2,332.98% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $13.47.

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