Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (CLF) - TheStreet

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-- Cliffs Natural Resources

(NYSE:

CLF

) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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    Highlights from the ratings report include:

      • CLF's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
      • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Metals & Mining industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 11.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $423.40 million to $375.80 million.
      • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
      • CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES INC's earnings per share declined by 15.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, CLIFFS NATURAL RESOURCES INC increased its bottom line by earning $11.62 versus $7.51 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 30.6% in earnings ($8.07 versus $11.62).

      Cliffs Natural Resources Inc., a mining and natural resources company, engages in the production of iron ore pellets, fines and lump ore, and metallurgical coal. The company has a P/E ratio of 4.1, below the average metals & mining industry P/E ratio of 4.2and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Cliffs Natural has a market cap of $6.49 billion and is part of the

      basic materials

      sector and

      metals & mining

      industry. Shares are down 25% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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      --Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

      TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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