Mine Safety Appliances
The safety products company is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on Feb. 15. Analysts, on average, expect earnings of 59 cents a share on revenue of $308.25 million.Mine Safety Appliance's forward P/E is 15.41; the average among industrial machinery companies is 16.16. For comparison, Kadant (KAI) and Robbins & Myers (RBN) both have lower forward P/Es of 11.72 and 14.42, respectively. Of the six analysts who cover Mine Safety Appliances, four rated it a buy. One analyst gave it a hold and one rated it a sell. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.9% Rated "A- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin increased from the previous year. Mine Safety Appliances has strong liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.51, which demonstrates the company can meet its short-term cash needs. In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 6.51% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $43.56.
CA The software company last month reported third-quarter earnings of $263 million, or 54 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $200 million, or 39 cents a share. "The renewal portfolio opportunity is expected to trough in FY13; setting up FY14 as a recovery year," Jefferies analysts wrote in a report on Monday. "We believe the company will look to shorten duration of renewals from five to three-year deals which will help to smooth renewal growth over the long run." CA has a forward P/E of 10.7; the average among software firms is 31.63. For comparison, Intuit (INTU) has a forward P/E of 17.34 and Adobe's (ADBE) is 12.04. Of the 15 analysts who cover CA, nine rated the stock a hold and six gave it a buy rating. CA's stock hit a 52-week high on Feb. 3 of $26.78. The stock's 52-week low of $18.60 was set on Aug. 19. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.8% Rated "A- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin was basically the same as the previous year. CA has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.00, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs. In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 4.81% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $30.38.