Calumet Specialty Products
Calumet is a hydrocarbon products company. It raised its quarterly dividend 6% to 53 cents a share for the quarter ended Dec. 31."Following completion of its latest refinery acquisition (Superior in Oct 2011), a route to distribution growth has been secured," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analyst wrote in a Dec. 2 report. "However, it has yet to quantify future capital plans and given current fragility of the US economy, the combination may prove an unfortunate reminder of similar circumstances that led to a distribution cut 2008. Until this is addressed we don't expect significant appreciation; conversely, should a typical 'seasonal' recovery emerge across the refining sector in 2012, CLMT likely underperforms more volatile 'pure plays'." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 9.3% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin increased from the previous year. Calumet has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.55, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs. In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 32.55% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $26.28. The stock closed Monday at $22.95.
Norfolk Southern The railroad company posted fourth-quarter net income of $480 million, or $1.42 a share, an increase from prior-year profits of $402 million, or $1.09 a share. "In Q4 2011, NSC completed double-stacking its network which should allow NSC to continue to drive industry-leading domestic intermodal growth (up 15% y/y in Q4)," Deutsche Bank analyst wrote in a report on Jan. 24. "NSC's average intermodal train size is under 6,000 ft (with considerable variance) and it has the potential to run its intermodal network 33% longer at 8,000 ft." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.5% Rated "A+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin was about the same as a year ago. Norfolk Southern has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.78, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 7.1% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $89.34. The stock closed Monday at $73.18.
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