Ex-Dividend Stocks: Deutsche Bank, Ross Stores

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: Deutsche Bank ( DB), Ross Stores ( ROST), NV Energy ( NVE) and Regal Entertainment ( RGC).

Deutsche Bank

The bank reported on April 26 first-quarter earnings of €1.4 billion, down from year-earlier earnings of €2.1 billion.

"Deutsche is one of the leading global investment banks," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a May 11 report. "It has come through the crisis relatively well,taking market share organically in investment banking and via acquisition in retail banking. Against those positives, changing regulations have caused investors to demand banks hold higher capital. To date, Deutsche Bank has resisted moving to the level of capital ratios of its peers - although we see that changing in 2012."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.9%

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Ross Stores

The retailer reported first-quarter earnings on May 17 of $208.6 million, or 93 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $173 million, or 74 cents a share.

"We are incrementally more confident in Ross Stores' ability to reach its long-term growth targets after hosting investor meetings with SVP & CFO John Call, SVP and Deputy CFO Michael Hartshorn, and Senior Director of IR Bobbi Chaville," Piper Jaffray analysts wrote in a May 24 report. "In our opinion, the combination of new unit and same-store sales growth can push operating margins beyond current record-high levels. The company continues to invest in the business in the form of merchants, technology and distribution centers, but also has a consistent history of returning cash to shareholders. While we maintain our Neutral rating based on valuation, we believe Ross Stores is a strong and consistent operator with a long-term growth opportunity."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.9%


NV Energy

The electricity company reported first-quarter net income on May 8 of $12.2 million, or 5 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $2.3 million, or a penny a share.

"NVE boasts an attractive cash flow profile, which should drive earnings and dividend growth," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a May 17 report. "Our Market Performrating primarily reflects valuation considerations as shares now trade roughly in line with peers."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 4%

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Regal Entertainment

The theater circuit company reported first-quarter earnings on May 1 of $46.3 million, or 30 cents a share, a reversal from a year-earlier loss of $23.6 million, or 15 cents a share.

"Chinese conglomerate The Dalian Wanda Group Co., Ltd. agreed to acquire AMC Entertainment, the second-largest U.S. theatre exhibitor, at a $2.6bn entity value, including $2bn in assumed debt," Wunderlich Securities analysts wrote in a May 22 report. "Inclusive of Wanda's presence in its native Chinese market, this creates the world's largest theatre operator. Wanda Chairman Wang Jianglin has indicated that his goal is to have a 20% market share in the global theatre market by 2020. We regard the deal as a positive for Buy-rated Regal Entertainment Group (RGC) as it testifies to the long-term primacy of the theatrical business and Wanda's intent to invest $500mm in AMC should further drive digital upside in the U.S. This should supersede effects from any increased U.S. local market competition."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 5.9%

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