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Why Procter & Gamble (PG) Stock Is Up Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of The Procter & Gamble Co.  (PG) are up 1.88% to $82.95 on Monday after the company released its core earnings report for the third quarter 2014.

The company reported earnings of $1.04 per share, a 5% increase from the $0.99 per share reported during the same period in 2013.

Diluted net earnings per share were $0.90, compared to $0.88 reported the previous year.

Procter & Gamble's net sales were $20.6 billion, unchanged from the previous year.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates PROCTER & GAMBLE CO as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate PROCTER & GAMBLE CO (PG) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $4,109.00 million or 6.39% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PROCTER & GAMBLE CO has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -0.79%.
  • PROCTER & GAMBLE CO's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, PROCTER & GAMBLE CO increased its bottom line by earning $3.87 versus $3.12 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.20 versus $3.87).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Household Products industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 1.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $2,566.00 million to $2,609.00 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.52, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that PG's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.50, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • The stock price has risen over the past year, but, despite its earnings growth and some other positive factors, it has underperformed the S&P 500 so far. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: PG Ratings Report
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