4. General Mills (GIS - Get Report) makes food products. Fiscal fourth-quarter profit fell 41% to $212 million, or 31 cents a share, as revenue declined 2.1% to $3.6 billion. The operating margin narrowed from 20% to 13%. General Mills has $678 million of cash and $6.4 billion of debt, converting to a quick ratio of 0.5 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.2. Its stock trades at a forward earnings multiple of 13 and a cash flow multiple of 11, 12% and 9% discounts to industry averages. Around 81% of researchers rate the stock "buy." A median target of $40.50 implies 14% of potential growth.
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