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Home Depot, StatoilHydro: Ratings Changes

Stocks in this article: HD SHW SEE

The numbers: Second-quarter net income dropped 8% to $158 million, or $1.35, as revenue decreased 13% to $1.9 billion. Its operating margin declined from 13% to 12%, but its net margin topped 8%. Sherwin-Williams has a weak liquidity position, with only $49 million of cash and low quick ratio of 0.5. However, its debt-to-equity ratio of 0.5 indicates restrained leverage.

The stock: Sherwin-Williams has increased 4% this year, less than major U.S. indices. The stock trades at a fair price-to-earnings ratio of 17 and offers a lackluster 2.3% dividend yield.

The model downgraded StatoilHydro (STO), the Norwegian oil and gas producer, to "hold."

The numbers: Second-quarter earnings plummeted 99% to $45 million, or 1 cent, as revenue dropped 49% to $17 billion. Its operating margin shrank from 36% to 23% and its net margin fell to less than 1%. A quick ratio of 0.7 reflects subpar liquidity, but a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.5 demonstrates a conservative capital structure.

The stock: StatoilHydro has increased 37% this year, outpacing major U.S. indices. The stock trades at an expensive price-to-earnings ratio of 36 and offers a 3% dividend yield.

The model upgraded TeleTech Holdings (TTEC), which provides customer service to other firms, to "buy."

The numbers: Second-quarter net income decreased 21% to $16 million and earnings per share fell 11% to 25 cents, cushioned by a lower share count. Revenue dropped 16% to $302 million. Its operating margin rose from 9% to 10% and its net margin remained steady at 5%. TeleTech has an ideal financial position, evident in its high quick ratio of 1.9 and low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.1.

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