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Joy Global Inc. Stock Hold Recommendation Reiterated (JOY)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Joy Global (NYSE: JOY) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C+ . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 22.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • JOY GLOBAL INC has improved earnings per share by 13.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, JOY GLOBAL INC increased its bottom line by earning $5.92 versus $4.40 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($7.10 versus $5.92).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Machinery industry average. The net income increased by 11.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $173.11 million to $193.52 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Machinery industry and the overall market, JOY GLOBAL INC's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • JOY's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 35.24%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.

Joy Global Inc. engages in the manufacture and servicing of mining equipment for the extraction of coal, copper, iron ore, oil sands, and other minerals. The company operates in two segments, Underground Mining Machinery and Surface Mining Equipment. Joy Global has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 23.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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