Ex-Dividend Stocks: Las Vegas Sands, Tiffany

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: DTE Energy ( DTE), Las Vegas Sands ( LVS), Tiffany ( TIF) and Tupperware Brands ( TUP).

DTE Energy

The electric and natural gas utility reported first-quarter earnings on April 27 of $156 million, or 91 cents a share, down from year-earlier earnings of $176 million, or $1.04 a share.

"DTE combines regulated electric and gas utilities in Michigan with a portfolio of non-regulated assets," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in an April 30 report. "While we like DTE's long-term fundamental story, we believe it is fully reflected in the current stock price. For much of the year, DTE has outperformed the regulated group. While we appreciate the company's improved regulatory environment, we do not see much upside for DTE beyond what it has already achieved."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 4.1%

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Las Vegas Sands

"After our time in Macau and given current valuations/expectations, we see LVS as the preferred way to play the Macau market over the near term given our belief that mass market trends remain healthy and poised for continued 25- 30% growth through the balance of the year," Deutsche Bank analysts wrote in a June 4 report. "Furthermore, we think sluggish share gains in recent months relate more to the limited ramp at SCC and we anticipate the property will continue to improve both GGR and margins on a monthly basis. As such, we believe LVS is likely to show market share acceleration in each of the next several months, thereby shielding the stock through difficult market growth comparison periods this summer. As for WYNN, we see shares as range bound in the near term but believe the risk-reward in the stock is compelling ahead of 4Q catalysts which include: 1) the opening of a 14 table VIP room on the first floor (incremental VIP tables), 2) the seasonal run in Macau stocks around the Golden week period in October, and 3) the potential 4Q special dividend."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.2%


Tiffany

The jewelry retailer reported first-quarter earnings on May 24 of $82 million, or 64 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $81 million, or 63 cents a share.

"A couple of weeks ago Elsa Peretti informed Tiffany of her intention to retire from her relationship with the company," Oppenheimer analysts wrote in a May 31 report. "Peretti products account for about 10% of sales at TIF. TIF has made an offer to purchase the Peretti licensing rights. TIF shares have suffered lately in part due to the uncertainty of the company's relationship with the Peretti brand. We have studied the details of the Tiffany-Peretti relationship. Our conclusion is that TIF will acquire the Peretti business and benefit from this purchase over time. We would expect a successful acquisition to enhance EPS at TIF and give the chain increased merchandising and marketing freedom. Our Outperform rating reflects our positive longer term outlook for TIF shares."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.3%

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Tupperware Brands

The container company reported first-quarter earnings on April 25 of $58.3 million, or $1.02 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $55.8 million, or 88 cents a share.

"After mostly treading water for the last quarter, shares jumped 6.4% on today's results," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in an April 25 report. "Despite the move, shares are now trading at only 12.7x our FY12 EPS estimate, just slightly below its 10-year historical average. We reiterate our Buy rating and $71 price objective."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.7%

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