The industrial company announced it acquired Camfil Farr's railroad filtration business on Feb. 1."PH reported EPS of $1.56, lower than our expectation of $1.65 and consensus of $1.62," Jefferies analysts wrote in a Jan. 23 report. "Segment margins were a bit lower than expected and contributed $0.07 to the miss. F2012 guidance was decreased $0.45 at the mid-pt to $6.90- $7.30 from the previous forecast of $7.25-$7.85 and consensus of $7.41. All in, PH has now lowered the bar and we believe future earnings adjustments are more likely to be up than down." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.8% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's second-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the previous year. Parker Hannifin has average liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.09, which demonstrates it can technically meet its short-term cash needs. In the second quarter, stockholders' net worth was unchanged from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $95.30. The stock closed Monday at $86.68 and has risen 13.68% year to date.
Spectra Energy The natural gas company reported last week fourth-quarter earnings of $289 million, or 44 cents a share, a decreased from earnings last year of $320 million, or 49 cents. "Management reiterated its 2012 EPS guidance of $1.90, slightly below the consensus estimate of $1.91 and BofAML estimate of $1.95," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a report on Feb. 2. "2012 EPS guidance is supported by $125mn of increment EBIT from expansion projects in UST and WCTP segments. We expect incremental equity earnings at Field services of $106mn, broadly in-line with guidance. SE also reiterated plans to invest $1.3bn of expansion capital in 2012, which does not include $4bn of growth capex in 2012/13 from SE's 50/50 joint venture (JV) with ConocoPhillips (COP) at Field Services." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.7% Rated "B+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin decreased greatly from the previous year. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 13.47% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $39.04. The stock closed Monday at $30.75. The stock is flat year to date.