BOSTON (TheStreet) -- These five stocks have earned "buy" ratings from most of the analysts who cover them. If the stock rally resumes, they are likely to outpace indices.
sells weight management, nutritional supplement and energy products. Its shares have fallen 8% in the past month.
: First-quarter profit increased 25% to $52 million, or 83 cents a share, as revenue grew 19%. The operating margin widened from 12% to 14%. Herbalife has $166 million of cash and $247 million of debt, translating to a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.7.
: Herbalife has advanced 55% during the past year, outperforming U.S. indices. It trades at a price-to-projected-earnings ratio of 10 and a price-to-cash-flow ratio of 9.1, 33% and 17% discounts to peer averages. It's also cheap based on sales.
: Of analysts covering Herbalife, eight, or 89%, advise purchasing its shares and one recommends holding them.
Consumer Equity Research
expects the stock to climb 72% to $76.
predicts that the shares will rise to $62.
is an engineering company focused on offshore oil and gas and power generation. Its stock has dropped 22% during the past month.
: First-quarter profit dropped 23% to $60 million, or 26 cents, as revenue fell 21%. The operating margin declined from 8.3% to 6.7%. The company has $872 million of cash, converting to a quick ratio of 0.9, and $69 million of debt.
: McDermott has appreciated 8% during the past year, lagging behind benchmarks. It sells for a price-to-projected-earnings ratio of 9.9 and a price-to-sales ratio of 0.9, 32% and 25% discounts to industry averages. It's costly based on cash flow.
: Of researchers following McDermott, 18, or 90%, rate its stock "buy" and two rate it "hold."
offers a price target of $38, leaving a potential 68% return.
forecasts that the stock will touch $35.
designs and sells online, PC, console and hand-held games. Its stock has fallen 9% during the past four weeks.
: First-quarter profit doubled to $381 million, or 30 cents, as revenue increased 33% to $1.3 billion. The operating margin stretched from 21% to 39%. Activision Blizzard holds $3.3 billion of cash, translating to a quick ratio of 2.3, and no debt.
: Activision Blizzard has dropped 8% during the past year, trailing U.S. indices. It trades at a price-to-projected-earnings ratio of 13 and a price-to-book ratio of 1.2, 37% and 73% discounts to peer averages. It's also cheap based on sales.
: Of firms rating Activision Blizzard, 28, or 93%, advocate purchasing its shares and two recommend holding them.
FBR Capital Markets
offer a target of $16, leaving 52% of potential upside.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
makes analytical instruments for various health care markets. Its stock has fallen 5% during the past month.
: First-quarter profit soared 56% to $232 million, or 55 cents, as revenue expanded 19%. The operating margin stretched from 9% to 12%. Thermo Fisher has $1.4 billion of cash and $2.1 billion of debt, equal to a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.1.
: Thermo Fisher has risen 35% during the past year, beating benchmarks. It sells for a price-to-projected-earnings ratio of 13 and a price-to-book ratio of 1.3, 39% and 56% discounts to industry averages. It's also cheap based on sales.
: Of analysts covering Thermo Fisher, 14, or 93%, recommend purchasing its shares and one says to hold them.
expects the stock to gain 28% to $66.
forecasts a gain of 26%.
sells iPods, iPhones and computers, including the new iPad tablet. Its stock has declined 7% in the past month.
: Fiscal second-quarter profit surged 90% to $3.1 billion, or $3.33, as revenue increased 49% to $13 billion. The operating margin widened from 26% to 29%. Apple has $10 billion of cash, $32 billion of marketable securities and no debt.
: Apple has returned 92% during the past year, trouncing U.S. stock indices. It trades at a price-to-projected-earnings ratio of 16, on par with the software peer average. The shares are expensive based on book value, sales and cash flow.
: Of researchers following Apple, 40, or 91%, rate its stock "buy" and four rate it "hold."
offers the loftiest target of $350, leaving a potential 40% return.
values Apple at $323.
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-- Reported by Jake Lynch in Boston.