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Illinois Tool Works

Company Profile: Illinois Tool Works (ITW - Get Report) is a manufacturer of a range of industrial products and equipment. Its segments are: industrial packaging; power systems and electronics; transportation; construction products; food equipment; polymers and fluids; and decorative surfaces.

Liability Adjusted Cash Flow Yield: 5.93%

Dividend Yield: 3.05%

Dividend Acid Test: Pass

TheStreet Ratings' Grade: Buy (B) -- Illinois Tool Works' gross profit margin for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2011 is essentially unchanged when compared to the same period a year ago. The company has grown sales and net income during the past quarter when compared with the same quarter a year ago; however, it was unable to keep up with the growth of the average competitor within its industry. Illinois Tool Works has average liquidity. Currently, the Quick Ratio is 1.18, which shows that technically this company has the ability to cover short-term cash needs. The company's liquidity has decreased from the same period last year.

During the same period, stockholders' equity ("net worth") has increased by 10.77% from the same quarter last year. Together, the key liquidity measurements indicate that it is relatively unlikely that the company will face financial difficulties in the near future.

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