rose 1.5% to $21.56. Shares of the toymaker advanced 6.3% during the past month.
: Fourth-quarter profit increased 86% to $328 million, or 75 cents a share. Revenue inched up 0.8% to $2 billion. Mattel's operating margin extended from 15% to 21%. The company holds $1.1 billion of cash and $752 million of debt.
: We rate Mattel "buy." The stock increased 20% during the past year, trailing major U.S. indices. The shares are cheap relative to those of leisure equipment peers based on trailing earnings, projected earnings and book value. They are expensive based on sales and cash flow.
2. H.J. Heinz
increased 1.1% to $45.02. Shares of the food products company gained 5.6% over the past month. Heinz is scheduled to release fiscal third-quarter results Feb. 25.
: Fiscal second-quarter profit decreased 16% to $231 million, or 42 cents a share. Revenue rose 2.5% to $2.7 billion. Heinz's operating margin narrowed from 30% to 15%. The company holds $461 million of cash and $4.9 billion of debt. Its 2.5 debt-to-equity ratio reflects excessive leverage.
: We rate Heinz "buy." The stock climbed 36% during the past year, matching the gain of the
Dow Jones Industrial Average
. The shares are inexpensive compared to those of rival foodmakers based on trailing earnings, projected earnings and cash flow. They are expensive based on book value and sales.
1. Thomson Reuters
hit a high of $36.07, but closed down 0.1%. Shares of the data and publishing company increased 6.2% during the past month. Thomson Reuters is scheduled to report fourth-quarter results Feb. 23.
: Third-quarter profit plummeted 57% to $162 million, or 18 cents a share. Revenue declined 3.5% to $3.2 billion. The company's operating margin was unchanged at 17%. Thomson Reuters holds $1.9 billion of cash and $8.6 billion of debt. Its 0.5 debt-to-equity ratio is less than the industry average.
: We rate Thomson Reuters "buy." The stock soared 51% during the past year, beating U.S. benchmarks. The shares are undervalued relative to those of media peers based on projected earnings and book value. They are costly based on sales and cash flow.
-- Reported by Jake Lynch in Boston.