The P/E ratio is a little high at 31.35 compared to the 15.30 P/E of the market. The 1.8% dividend rate is about 50% of projected earnings and is slightly lower than the 2.3% dividend rate of the market. The company has an A+ financial strength rating being flush with cash to fund expansion and has no long term debt. Since the company has revenue from Canada, Europe and Asia it is subject to currency translations.
Investor interest: The professional analysts have released one buy, nine hold and two underperform recommendations but the consensus is that investors should see a total annual return in the 8%-10% range over the next five years.
I like to use the readers of Motley Fool as my gauge of the individual investors' sentiment and 862 Fool readers gave the stock a 93% vote of confidence to beat the market. TheStreet gives the stock an A+ rating. During the year the short sellers closed out positions from a high of 21 million share in January to about 14 million shares recently.
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