Precision Hits the Bull's-Eye Again

Wimm Bill Dann and Smith also make the cut in this week's list of top-rated fast-growth stocks.
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Each weekday, Ratings compiles a list of the top five stocks in five categories -- fast-growth, all-around value, large-cap, mid-cap and small-cap -- and publishes these lists in the

Ratings section of our Web site.

This list, updated daily, is based on data from the close of the previous trading session. These are stocks of companies that are projected to increase revenue and profit by at least 12% in the coming year and rank near the top among all stocks rated by our proprietary quantitative model, which looks at over 62 factors.

In addition, the stocks must be followed by at least one financial analyst who posts estimates on the Institutional Brokers' Estimate System. Please note that definitions of revenue vary by industry, and this screen does not make adjustments for acquisitions, which can materially affect posted results. Likewise, earnings-per-share growth may be affected by accounting charges, share repurchases and other one-time items.

Today leads off with

Precision Castparts


, a manufacturer of complex metal components and products for the aerospace and industrial gas turbine industries. It has been rated a buy since June 2005.

The company has completed recent acquisitions to expand its casting, forging and fastener product offerings, and that should fuel revenue growth. Precision also shows net income increases resulting from margin expansion and higher income from continued operations (which were partially offset by higher interest expense and taxes).

Since Precision depends on the aerospace industry for its top-line growth, any slowdown in that industry could lead to reduced demand for its products. Any fluctuations in the prices of basic materials or any unseen difficulty in integrating recent acquisitions could also be concerns.

Russian dairy product and beverage manufacturer

Wimm Bill Dann


has earned a buy rating since December 2005. The company has shown impressive revenue growth, net income increases and significant growth in return on equity. Its return on equity in the last quarter exceeded that of the same quarter one year ago, a clear sign of strength within the company.

These strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared with earnings and book value.

Smith International


, which provides products and services for oil and gas exploration and production, has been rated a buy since May 2006. The company reported impressive financial results for the first quarter of the year: Revenue increased 25.3%, and net income shot up almost 50% compared with the same period the previous year.

Smith's performance depends on the level of oil and natural gas exploration and development activities, which are cyclical in nature. There has been a rise in oil price in the past two years, which might lead to either a decline in demand or increased use of alternatives, which may ultimately result in the lowering of demand for oil.

Rated a buy since May 2005,


(MTW) - Get Report

manufactures and markets cranes and related products, food service equipment and marine products. The company demonstrates notable revenue growth, significant EPS improvement, impressive stock price appreciation and net income growth that has significantly outpaced that of the

S&P 500

and its industry. Its price level is now somewhat expensive compared with the rest of its industry, but given its strengths, the higher price is justified.

Manitowoc's low profit margins are not a threat to its buy rating at this time.

Barnes Group

(B) - Get Report

manufactures and distributes aerospace and industrial products. It has been rated a buy since May 2005. The company's revenue growth has outpaced the industry average, and its stock still has good upside potential even though it has already risen in the past year. It has also demonstrated a pattern of positive EPS growth over the past two years. Although the company may have some minor weaknesses, they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.