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BlackRock Inc Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (BLK)

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B . Among the primary strengths of the company is its expanding profit margins over time. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

    • BLACKROCK INC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BLACKROCK INC increased its bottom line by earning $12.38 versus $10.56 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($13.05 versus $12.38).
    • 37.20% is the gross profit margin for BLACKROCK INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of BLK's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BLK's net profit margin of 24.90% significantly outperformed against the industry.
    • Despite the weak revenue results, BLK has outperformed against the industry average of 18.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
    • In its most recent trading session, BLK has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Looking ahead, although the push and pull of the overall market trend could certainly make a critical difference, we do not see any strong reason stemming from the company's fundamentals that would cause a continuation of last year's decline. In fact, the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings.
    • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Capital Markets industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 10.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $619.00 million to $554.00 million.

BlackRock, Inc. is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors. The company has a P/E ratio of 13, below the average financial services industry P/E ratio of 13.2and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. BlackRock has a market cap of $29.52 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

You can view the full BlackRock Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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