Ex-Dividend Stocks: DuPont, AK Steel

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The following stocks go ex-dividend Friday, meaning an investor must purchase the shares Thursday to qualify for the next dividend payment: DuPont ( DD), AK Steel ( AKS), Peabody Energy ( BTU), Exelon ( EXC), Herbalife ( HLF) and Eli Lilly ( LLY).

DuPont

The chemical company reported first-quarter earnings on April 19 of $1.49 billion, or $1.57 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $1.43 billion, or $1.52.

"Meetings with DuPont's CEO reaffirmed our belief that the company's diverse and defensible portfolio (36% of earnings from recession-proof ag, nutrition and industrial biosciences) deserves to trade at premium to the S&P versus its current 8% discount (12.3x '12E EPS vs 13.4x)," Deutsche Bank analysts wrote in a report Tuesday.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.3%

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