The toy manufacturer announced preliminary fiscal-year earnings on Jan. 17, saying it anticipates 7% revenue growth to $1.33 billion. Hasbro also expects per-share earnings to rise somewhere between 2% and 4%. earnings per shares growth. The company's 2010 full-year earnings per share were $2.74."While results were clearly disappointing and well below our numbers, we believe a certain degree of earnings risk around the holiday season is reflected in the stock [HAS has underperformed Mattel, Inc. (MAT-NASDAQ) by approximately 41% and the S&P by roughly 39% since December 1, 2011], particularly as there has been elevated concern in the channel surrounding the success of Transformers," Keybanc Capital Markets wrote in a report on Jan. 18. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.5% Rated "B- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin was about the same as a year ago. Hasbro has strong liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.56, which shows it can meet its short-term cash needs. In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 7.13% from the previous year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $37.83. The stock closed Thursday at $34.90.
Western Gas Partners This energy company completed the acquisition of Mountain Gas Resources from Anadarko for $483 million on Jan. 16. "We are raising our valuation range by $6 to $37-40 per unit to reflect a higher forecasted five-year distribution CAGR of 15.0% versus our previous estimate of 10.7%. Our accelerated distribution growth outlook is supported by contributions from WES's larger than expected Q1 2012 acquisition, which should be highly accretive, and a higher assumed capex budget for 2013+," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a Dec. 20 report. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 4.3% Rated "A+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margins decreased from the previous year. Western Gas Partners is extremely liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 3.43, which demonstrates that the company can meet its short-term cash needs. In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 77.37% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $50.66. The stock closed Thursday at $41.29.
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