10 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- These stocks go ex-dividend Friday, meaning an investor must purchase the shares Thursday to qualify for the next dividend payment: Ford , ConAgra Foods , Kinder Morgan Energy Partners , Texas Instruments , Baytex Energy , Eldorado Gold , Enterprise Products Partners , Eaton Vance , Alliant Energy and Oneok .

Each of the stocks received buy ratings from TheStreet Ratings.

Ford

The carmaker is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on Friday. Analysts, on average, anticipates earnings of 25 cents a share on revenue of $32.35 billion.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts anticipate fourth-quarter EPS of 29 cents.

"While the focus on short-term details should be intense, we believe many will either miss or choose to ignore the massive ongoing structural improvements at Ford including: 1) a five-year track record of consistent price discipline; 2) a product renaissance that is about to hit its sixth year, lap itself with the intro of the all-new Fusion, and further bolster pricing; 3) consistent best-in-class product refresh rates; 4) three years of market share gains in the US; 5) the globalization of product platforms; 6) $21bn+ of debt paid down in the last two years; 7) a landmark deal with the UAW to remove the uncertainty of retiree healthcare liabilities in 2007; 8) the successful support of Ford Motor Credit in tough times over the last four years, that has turned out to be very profitable; 9) a burgeoning recovery in the US sales cycle; and 10) a structural shift in corporate culture that now strives to remain ahead of the competition and not just improve on the past," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a report on Thursday.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.6%

Rated "B- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the previous year.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 437.39% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $14.56. Shares closed Wednesday at $12.93.

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ConAgra Foods

The food company announced it would acquire Del Monte Canada, known for its packaged fruits, on Jan. 17. Del Monte Canada's fiscal year 2011 revenue was about $150 million.

"While financial terms were not disclosed, we believe that this bolt-on acquisition shouldn't interfere with larger acquisitions and ConAgra's $750 million multiyear share repurchase authorization," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a report earlier this month. "As ConAgra is funding the deal with cash on hand, we believe the transaction will likely be several cents accretive to EPS in the first year. We view Del Monte Canada as fitting in well with ConAgra's strategy to grow its core businesses, expand into strategic adjacencies and build its international presence. The transaction will increase ConAgra's North American tomato products business, expand the company's vegetable product line and add packaged fruit and fruit snacks to its portfolio."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.6%

Rated "A+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's second-quarter gross profit margin decreased from a year ago.

ConAgra has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.72, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 5.37% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $32.29. Shares closed Wednesday at $27.17.


Kinder Morgan Energy Partners

The energy transportation's fourth-quarter earnings of $479.3 million rose from $412.2 million the previous year.

Product pipeline profit of $161 million missed JPMorgan analysts' expectations of $184 million.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 5.3%

Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin remained about the same as a year ago.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 5.45% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $99.06. The stock closed Wednesday at $89.88.

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Texas Instruments

Earlier this week, the chipmaker reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter results, as it eyed an improved IT spending climate.

"Revenue in the fourth quarter was higher than expected across all our major product lines, reinforcing our belief that we're at the bottom of this downturn," explained Rich Templeton, the Texas Instruments CEO, in a statement on Monday..

Wedbush analysts noted in a report on Tuesday that Texas Instruments' "better-than-expected Q4 results were driven by a broad-based uptick in demand in the last few weeks of the qtr."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.1%

Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin decreased from a year ago.

Texas Instruments has average liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.20, which shows the company can technically meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 10.68% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $39.06. Shares closed at $32.80 on Wednesday.


Baytex Energy

JPMorgan initiated coverage of the petroleum and natural gas exploration and production company in December with a neutral rating.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 4.5%

Rated "A- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the prior year.

Baytex has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.67, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 17% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $73.95. Shares closed Wednesday at $58.34.

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Eldorado Gold

"Eldorado remains one of our top picks in the gold space for 2012 as investors can buy a quality growth gold miner at, in our view, historically depressed levels following the takeover announcement of EGU in late December," Raymond James analysts wrote in a report on Jan. 17.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.3%

Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin increased from the prior year.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 8.61% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $15.85. The stock closed Wednesday at $14.06.


Enterprise Products

The midstream energy services provider is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 1; analysts, on average, expect earnings of 55 cents a share on revenue of $10.62 billion.

"We believe that Enterprise is a core holding for investors in the MLP sector," Wunderlich Securities analysts wrote in a report on Jan. 18. "The partnership should continue to grow its distribution over the next several years as its strong slate of organic growth projects pushes cash flow ever higher."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 5.1%

Rated "A+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margins decreased from a year ago.

Enterprise Products has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.54, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 10.96% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $55.58. Shares closed Wednesday at $49.23.

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Eaton Vance

Eaton Vance is an investment management firm.

"We reduced our FY 2012 EPS (including non-cash accounting charges) to $1.71 from $1.76," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a report on Jan. 13. "Excluding the non-cash charges, we estimate $1.85 of FY 2012 EPS vs. consensus of $1.99 (contains mix of GAAP and operating EPS estimates)."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.9%

Rated "B- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin was about the same as last year.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 12.21% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $29.94. Shares closed Wednesday at $26.60.


Alliant Energy

The gas and electricity utility is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 6. Analysts, on average, expect profit of 56 cents a share on revenue of $784.58 million.

D.A. Davidson analysts raised their price target to $49 from $46 on Jan. 13.

The analysts wrote in a report othey "continue to believe Alliant's superior growth profile and favorable regulatory backdrop justify a modest premium valuation."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 4.3%

Rated "A (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the previous year.

Alliant has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.51, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 2.39% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $49.74. Shares closed Wednesday at $43.04.

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Oneok

The diversified energy company is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 20. Analysts, on average, expect earnings of $1.02 a share on revenue of $5.41 billion.

"For the full-year, management has announced plans to pay a dividend of $2.16 per share, which implies no further increases for the balance of the year," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a report on Nov. 3.

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.8%

Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin increased from the prior year.

ONEOK has very weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.43, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 9.46% from the previous year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $116.13. Shares closed Wednesday at $87.65.

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