Jacobs Engineering (JEC - Get Report) provides professional, technical and construction services. Its principal services comprise various aspects of engineering and construction, operations and maintenance, as well as scientific and specialty consulting services.
Jacobs has a good reputation for complex project planning, design and execution, and is one of the largest companies in the world in its field with $11 billion in annual revenue. The U.S. government is its biggest customer.Standard & Poor's gives the company its highest rating: a five-star "strong buy" recommendation. "We expect orders to gradually pick up later in the fiscal year, especially for both upstream oil & gas and refining projects, chemical and power, and certain aerospace & defense, and buildings projects," it says in its research report on Jacobs. For fiscal 2011, analysts estimate the company will earn $2.60 per share and that will grow by 16%, to $3.01 in 2012. S&P's summation of other analysts' opinions finds seven "buys," four "buy/holds," nine "holds" and two "weak holds." Jacobs' shares are up 14% this year and 34% over the past year. The company has a market value of $6.6 billion. >To see these stocks in action, visit the 5 Construction Stocks portfolio on Stockpickr.