Raymond James Financial
"Management commented that the Morgan Keegan acquisition is on track to close on April 2, with 98% of MK's financial advisors indicating their intent to stay on board," Keefe, Bruyette & Woods analysts wrote in a March 21 report. "Earlier in the day, RJF announced its third round of financing with a senior note (in February it issued 11M shares and a $350M senior note). It commented that this quarter's EPS would be unfavorably impacted given the timing of the raise since the deal will close after the quarter."Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.4% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's first-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the previous year. In the first quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 9.55% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $42.54. The stock closed Tuesday at $37.36 and the stock has risen 20.67% year to date.
Air Products & Chemicals The specialty gases company is scheduled to report its second-quarter earnings on April 23. Analysts, on average, expects earnings of $1.40 a share on revenue of $2.52 billion. "We continue to believe APD offers a compelling investment opportunity given its relatively defensive characteristics, attractive valuation (relative to historical norms and its main US competitor) and potential for earnings upside (relative to our estimates) tied to Electronics as well as operational improvements in Europe and the US," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a March 1 report. "Their F1Q earnings report got any potential bad news (i.e., F2Q guidance) out of the way, which should set the stage for the stock to outperform its industrial gas peers." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.8% Rated "A (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's first-quarter gross profit margin was basically the same as it was last year. Air Products & Chemicals has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.83, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs. In the first quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 1.70% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $103.49. The stock closed Tuesday at $91.71 and has risen 7.65% year to date.
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