4. Catamaran (CTRX)
Company profile: Catamaran, based in Canada and with a market value of $9 billion, provides pharmacy-benefit-management services and information-technology services to the health-care industry.
Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 63% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 64%. Analysts give its shares 10 "buy" ratings, nine "buy/holds," and six "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Its shares have a forward P/E of 25.7.
3. Teradata (TDC)Company profile: Teradata, with a market value of $13 billion, is a leader in the data-warehousing industry. Its customers are typically Fortune 500 companies. Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 65% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 45%. Analysts give its shares six "buy" ratings, seven "buy/holds," and seven "holds," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P has it rated "hold," on valuation concerns. 2. LinkedIn (LNKD) Company profile: LinkedIn, with a market value of $12 billion, operates a professional social-networking site on the Internet with more than 100 million members in over 200 countries. Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 89% this year and have a one-year return of 39%. Analysts give its shares six "buy" ratings, eight "buy/holds," nine "holds," and one "weak hold," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. Morningstar analyst Rick Summer says that "with an attractive business model and a user base that may never leave, this wide-moat firm is one of the few social Internet companies to truly hold a defensible position," but he adds that "the stock price is overly optimistic and does not offer an attractive risk/return profile for investors at this time." 1. Seagate Technology (STX) Company profile: Seagate, with a market value of $12 billion, designs and manufactures hard-disk drives for consumer and enterprise computing. Investor takeaway: Its shares are up 92% this year and have a three-year, average annual return of 33%. They carry a dividend yield of 4.18%. Analysts give its shares five "buy" ratings, one "buy/holds," 14 "holds," one "weak hold," and two "sells," according to a survey of analysts by S&P. S&P lowered its rating to "hold" from "buy" on Aug. 23, saying it expects that "PC sales will be weak due to a slowing global economy. We also think sales of hard-disk drives will be hurt by the emergence of tablet computers."
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