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Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia

The media and merchandising company reported last week fourth-quarter earnings of $4.2 million, or 7 cents a share, up slightly from year-ago earnings of $4.1 million, or 7 cents.

Shares of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia were upgraded to hold from sell by TheStreet Ratings.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia has a forward P/E of 12.21; the average for publishing companies is 21.88. For comparison, Scholastic (SCHL) and WebMD Health (WBMD) both have higher forward P/Es of 12.8 and 36.31, respectively.

Analysts were divided on Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia with two rating the stock buy, another two giving it a hold rating and one rating it sell.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia gets a C grade and hold rating from TheStreet Ratings. The stock closed Friday at $4.15 and has fallen 5.68% year to date.






DineEquity

The restaurant chain reported on March 1 fourth-quarter earnings of $27.3 million, or $1.55 a share, a swing from a year-earlier loss of $58.1 million, or $3.33..

Shares of DineEquity were upgraded to buy from hold by TheStreet Ratings.

"We believe shares hold the potential for 30%+ appreciation in 2012 driven by its attractive franchised model (mitigating inflation pressures), high FCF, ongoing balance sheet de-leverage, and an attractive valuation," Morgan Keegan analysts wrote in a Jan. 5 report.

DineEquity has a forward P/E of 11.71; the average for restaurant and bar companies is 19.12. For comparison, both Cheesecake (CAKE) and Cracker Barrel (CBRL) have higher forward P/Es of 13.87 and 11.76, respectively.

Analysts were split on DineEquity with four rating it buy, another four giving it a hold rating and one rating it sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives DineEquity a B- grade with a buy rating and a $62.31 price target. The stock closed Friday at $50.93 and has risen 20.66% year to date.

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