NEW YORK (

TheStreet

)

-- Symantec

(Nasdaq:

SYMC

) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • SYMC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry. The net income increased by 81.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $132.00 million to $240.00 million.
  • The gross profit margin for SYMANTEC CORP is currently very high, coming in at 89.40%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, SYMC's net profit margin of 14.00% significantly trails the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, SYMANTEC CORP has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.

Symantec Corporation provides security, storage, and systems management solutions internationally. The company's Consumer segment delivers Internet security, PC tune-up, and online backup solutions and services to individual users and home offices. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.2, equal to the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Symantec has a market cap of $12.44 billion and is part of the

technology

sector and

computer software & services

industry. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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