NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- 3MCo. (MMM) - Get 3M Company Report stock is down by 0.15% to $139.31 in mid-morning trading on Monday, ahead of the company's 2015 fourth quarter earnings results, due out before the market open on Tuesday.

Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters are expecting the St. Paul, MN-based diversified technology company to report earnings of $1.63 per share on revenue of $7.21 billion. 

3M reported earnings of $1.81 per share, a 11.7% increase year-over-year, during the 2014 fourth quarter. Revenue rose by 2% to $7.7 billion during the year-ago period. 

The company will also report its full-year 2015 earnings results. In October, 3M lowered its earnings guidance to the range of $7.73 per share to $7.78 per share, versus a prior range of $7.73 per share to $7.93 per share. 

3M expects full-year sales growth of 1.5% to 2%.

Separately, recently, TheStreet Ratings objectively rated this stock according to its "risk-adjusted" total return prospect over a 12-month investment horizon. Not based on the news in any given day, the rating may differ from Jim Cramer's view or that of this articles's author.

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TheStreet Ratings rated this stock as a "buy" with a ratings score of A-. 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 notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: MMM

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