The steel company reported on Jan. 26 fourth-quarter earnings of $137.1 million, or 43 cents a share, up from a year-ago loss of $11.4 million, or 4 cents a share."We are lowering our 1Q12E EPS for NUE to $0.38 from $0.55, relative to the management's guidance of $0.30 - 0.35 including an estimated $0.03 LIFO charge," JPMorgan analysts wrote in a March 20 report. "In addition to the LIFO charge not originally included in our forecast and weaker metal margins, the variance appears driven by an unexpected margin headwind in the raw material business. We expect the raw material volatility in the quarter will generate questions during the upcoming earnings call regarding the cause and magnitude of this margin weakness." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.4% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin increased from the previous year. Nucor has strong liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.78, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 4.98% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $49.54. The stock closed Monday at $43.76 and has risen 10.59% year to date.
Ralph Lauren The retailer reported last month third-quarter earnings of $169 million, or $1.78 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $168 million, or $1.72 a share. "F3Q total rev up 17% (including strong DD% US growth) and wholesale rev up 11% (led by men's, kid's, Denim & Supply, and Europe rollout of ftwr, Lauren, Club Monaco) is expected to moderate in F4Q to LDD% (wholesale rev and retail comp), as a result of unseasonably warm weather and a highly promotional env't in the US and Europe, as well as a deceleration in tourist sales relative to 1H11," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a Feb. 10 report. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.5% Rated "A+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin was about the same as it was the previous year. Ralph Lauren has strong liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.72, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs. In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 3.41% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $222.73. The stock closed Monday at $177.14 and has risen 28.29% year to date.