PepsiCo, Altria, Thomson Hit Highs

PepsiCo, Altria Group and Thomson Reuters hit 52-week highs Wednesday.
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BOSTON (TheStreet) -- U.S. stocks gained Wednesday even as the U.S. trade deficit widened. PepsiCo (PEP) - Get Report, Altria Group (MO) - Get Report and Thomson Reuters (TRI) - Get Report recorded 52-week highs.

Thomson Reuters rose 1.2% to $38.88, hitting a high of $38.91. Shares of the data and publishing company have risen 7.4% during the past month.

Quarter

: First-quarter profit tumbled 33% to $127 million, or 15 cents, as revenue gained marginally. The operating margin declined from 15% to 13%. Thomson Reuters has $828 million of cash and $7.7 billion of debt, equal to a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.4.

Stock

: Thomson Reuters has advanced 32% during the past year, more than the

S&P 500 Index

. It sells for a price-to-book ratio of 1.7 and a price-to-cash-flow ratio of 12, 46% and 17% discounts to industry averages. It's expensive based on sales.

Consensus

: Of researchers following Thomson Reuters, 10, or 43%, rate its stock "buy", 11 rate it "hold" and two rank it "sell."

RBC

(RY) - Get Report

projects a target of $45, leaving a potential 17% return.

Bank of America

(BAC) - Get Report

expects the stock to climb 6% to $41.

Altria Group climbed 0.4% to $21.67, achieving a high of $21.77.

Quarter

: First-quarter profit increased 38% to $813 million, or 39 cents, as revenue ascended 3.6% to $4 billion. The operating margin declined from 38% to 37%. Altria has $3.3 billion of cash and $12 billion of debt, converting to a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.9.

Stock

: Altria has risen 25% during the past 12 months, lagging behind stock-market benchmarks. It sells for a price-to-projected-earnings ratio of 11 and a price-to-sales ratio of 2.7, 10% and 17% discounts to peer averages. It offers a 6.5% dividend yield.

Consensus

: Of researchers following Altria, nine, or 60%, rate its stock "buy" and six rate it "hold."

UBS

(UBS) - Get Report

and

Deutsche Bank

(DB) - Get Report

predict that the stock will climb 15% to $25.

Citigroup

(C) - Get Report

forecasts that the shares will rise to $23.80.

PepsiCo gained 0.6% to $66.94, hitting a high of $67.61.

Quarter

: First-quarter profit expanded 26% to $1.4 billion, or 89 cents, as revenue grew 13% to $9.4 billion. The operating margin remained steady at 19%. PepsiCo has $4.1 billion of cash and $22 billion of debt, translating to a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.

Stock

: PepsiCo has appreciated 36% during the past year, beating the S&P 500. It trades at a price-to-sales ratio of 2.4, a 26% discount to its peer average. It's expensive based on book value and cash flow, and fairly-valued based on projected earnings.

Consensus

: Of firms rating PepsiCo, 13, or 76%, advocate purchasing its shares, three recommend holding and one says to sell them.

Goldman Sachs

(GS) - Get Report

and

Credit Suisse

(CS) - Get Report

offer a price target of $76, leaving 13% of potential upside.

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