The electronics company reported fourth-quarter earnings Thursday of $101.9 million, or 63 cents a share, an increase from $81.2 million, or 50 cents, a year ago."4Q results were strong, of high quality and better than expected," Jefferies analysts wrote in a report Thursday. "2012 guidance is higher than we expected." Shares of Ametek hit a 52-week high on Thursday of $47.75. The stock's 52-week low was set on Oct. 4. TheStreet Ratings gives Amtek an A+ grade with a $54.95 price target. The stock has increased 11.33% year to date.
Realty Income This company acquires commercial real estate; Realty Income invested $1 billion in 164 properties in 2011. "O continues to execute on its acquisition plans providing long-term FFO accretion, however, continued portfolio concerns and tenant bankruptcies negatively impact near-term expectations/," Morgan Keegan analysts wrote in a report on Jan. 18. Shares of Realty Income hit a 52-week high of $36.60 on Thursday. The stock's 52-week low of $27.93 was set on Aug. 8. Realty Income gets an A grade from TheStreet Ratings with a $41.34 price target. The stock has risen 4.38% year to date.
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