The credit card company reported second-quarter net income on May 2 of $1.29 billion, or $1.91 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $881 million, or $1.23."We believe V's very high incremental margins will enable the company to continue funding growth/innovation-related investments, primarily in mobile (ie, V.me), e-commerce, emerging geographies, and prepaid," Jefferies analysts wrote in an April 29 report. "We continue to believe the bulk of margin expansion is over, but still expect EPS growth to exceed revenue growth for the foreseeable future due to incremental margin upside from current levels, possible tax rate opportunities, and share buybacks." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.7%
Whirlpool The home appliances company reported first-quarter earnings on April 26 of $92 million, or $1.17 a share, down from year-earlier earnings of $169 million, or $2.17. "We rate WHR HOLD due to the removal of preliminary tariffs on refrigerators and the likely negative read-through to washers, despite clear dumping behavior by foreign competitors," KeyBanc Capital Markets wrote in a May 1 report. "WHR is trading at 9.6x current year estimates, in line with its historical 10-11x range. At 4.0x 2013 EV/Forward EBITDA, WHR is trading below its 5.0x average since 1999 and within an EV/EBITDA range of 3.3-6.7x over the same period. WHR is currently priced at 0.39x EV-to-forward sales, above its 12-month average of 0.35x and below its three-year average of 0.41x." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.3%
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