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%
Peabody Energy The coal mining company reported on April 19 first-quarter adjusted income from continuing operations of $191.2 million, or 64 cents a share, down from year-earlier earnings of $201 million, or 70 cents. "We are maintaining our 2012 EPS estimate of $3.00 and 2013 EPS estimate of $4.25," Sterne Agee analysts wrote in an April 20 report. "Peabody Energy provides investors with the most attractive high-margin volume growth profile among global coal producers. We believe the market will be more focused on its value-creation strategy regarding McArthur and its ability to deliver growth out of Australia, where over 65% of future profits will be earned." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.2%
Herbalife The nutritional supplement company reported on April 30 first-quarter earnings of $108.2 million, or 88 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $88.7 million, or 71 cents. "In our view, the market is already starting to price in more than just a decelerated growth rate, but rather, potential that earnings power is below current consensus," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a May 3 report. "We continue to believe that until a detailed investment thesis is revealed by Mr. Einhorn (assuming that is the path here), HLF is unlikely to find support in the market. In our view, an accelerated share buyback is just not enough to comfort concerned investors. We believe the business model meets legal and regulatory standards, suggesting to us that shares will rebound over time, but expect HLF to remain under pressure in the near-term." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.6%