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Pepco Holdings (NYSE: POM) shares currently have a dividend yield of 5.00%. Pepco Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the transmission, distribution, and supply of electricity. The company also distributes and supplies natural gas. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.26. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Pepco Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold. The average volume for Pepco Holdings has been 2,082,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Pepco Holdings has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the utilities industry. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. TheStreet Ratings rates Pepco Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Highlights from the ratings report include:
- Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
- The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Electric Utilities industry. The net income increased by 126.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $19.00 million to $43.00 million.
- Net operating cash flow has increased to $173.00 million or 11.61% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PEPCO HOLDINGS INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 5.34%.
- PEPCO HOLDINGS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PEPCO HOLDINGS INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.24 versus $1.14 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 7.7% in earnings ($1.15 versus $1.24).
- POM, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 13.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
- You can view the full Pepco Holdings Ratings Report.
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