5 Ex-Dividend Stocks With Buy Ratings

Tickers in this article: BAM CASY CRR HAS O

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: Realty Income , Hasbro , Brookfield Asset Management , Casey's General Stores and Carbo Ceramics .

Each of the stocks received a buy rating from TheStreet Ratings.

Realty Income

The commercial real estate owner and acquirer is scheduled to report first-quarter results on Thursday. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of 48 cents a share on revenue of $114.87 million.

"We rate shares of O Neutral," JPMorgan analysts wrote in an April 13 report. "The company's portfolio is performing fine, it has been very active on the acquisition front, and it has one of the best balance sheets in the REIT space, but we think this is reflected in O's premium valuation."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 4.5%

Rated "A+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin was basically the same as the previous year.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 22.08% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $43.87.

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Hasbro

The toy company reported on Monday a first-quarter loss of $2.58 million, or 2 cents a share, a swing from year-earlier earnings of $17.2 million, or 12 cents a share.

"We are lowering our HAS 2012/2013 earnings per share estimates to $2.85/$3.14 from $2.88/$3.20 following Q1 results which fell short of views at $0.04 adjusted," Sterne Agee analysts wrote in a report Tuesday. "Our Neutral stance is maintained but our price target is lowered to $40 based upon 12.7x forward. We were encouraged by POS which grew 6% with inventories down 20% at top U.S. accounts. Its market share gained 1% in the U.S. with 0.3% gains in Europe."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 4.2%

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

Hasbro has strong liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.80, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 12.25% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $41.33.


Brookfield Asset Management

The asset management company reported on Feb. 17 fourth-quarter earnings of $588 million, or 86 cents a share, down from year-earlier earnings of $1.1 billion, or $1.80 a share.

"BAM's recent liquidity raising activities look similar to past periods ahead of larger transactional activity," JPMorgan analysts wrote in an April 19 report. "We look forward to some near-term catalysts, including: ongoing third party capital fund raising; fund redeployment; and, eventually an expanded Brookfield Group of companies."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.8%

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

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 30.7% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $37.28.

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Casey's General Stores

The convenience store company is scheduled to be breaking ground on its first location in Tennessee in June. This will be the 13th state in which Casey's operates.

"We estimate Casey's new store growth in F2012 is tracking closer to 4% vs its annual goal of +4-6% (we had estimated 5%) primarily due a slower acquisition environment (due to high seller expectations) as we believe new store constructions remain on-track, "Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a March 5 report. "Despite the slightly slower near-term acquisition environment, we continue to believe that opportunities in new markets (such as TN & KY) provide Casey with significant new store growth & acquisition opportunities longer-term."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.1%

Rated "A+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin was about the same as it was the previous year.

Casey's General Stores has very weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.3, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs.

In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 26.08% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $73.55.


Carbo Ceramics

The ceramic and sand proppants company is scheduled to report first-quarter results on Thursday. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of $1.42 a share on revenue of $160.89 million.

"One of the advantages Carbo has in its domestic operations is it produces a kaolin-based, light-weight ceramic product (versus a bauxite-based, heavy-weight that is common in China)," Dahlman Rose analysts wrote in a March 29 report. "The lighter weight product has more volume per pound and can be used in slick water fracture jobs, which are now lower cost due to significant inflation in guar that is used in cross-linked systems. While some have indicated Guar inflation could hinder the use of ceramics, we believe guar inflation could actually benefit light weigh ceramic producers. We recently spoke to a supply chain manager for a North American company that has over two dozen fleets; he indicated coarse white sand prices have increased roughly 10% over the last few months and other sand meshes, resin-coated sand, and ceramic pricing has been flat."

Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.1%

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

Carbo Ceramics has strong facility. Its Quick Ratio is 1.94, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs.

In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 20.72% from the prior year.

TheStreet Ratings' price target is $116.96.

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Tickers in this article: BAM CASY CRR HAS O