) -- Major U.S. indices climbed yesterday on better-than-expected October retail sales and positive comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. Here are five stocks that hit 52-week highs.
jumped 4.3% to $26.17. Cablevision just launched iO Search, allowing customers to search across channels and on-demand programs.
: We rate Cablevision "hold." Third-quarter profit more than tripled to $99 million, or 33 cents a share, as revenue grew 5% to $1.8 billion. Cablevision's gross margin rose from 58% to 60%, and its operating margin expanded from 17% to 21%. A quick ratio of 0.5 indicates weak liquidity. The balance sheet houses $12 billion of debt and just $532 million of cash. Cablevision is cheaper than cable and satellite peers based on projected earnings, sales and cash flow.
rose 1.1% to $66.85. The customer relationship manager and program designer reports fiscal third-quarter results today after the close.
: We rate Salesforce.com "buy." Fiscal second-quarter profit more than doubled to $21 million, or 17 cents a share, as revenue increased 20% to $316 million. Salesforce.com's gross margin rose from 81% to 83%, and its operating margin increased from 6% to 9%. Its balance sheet has $420 million of cash and $15 million of debt. Salesforce.com is more expensive than application software peers, but has outstanding growth rates. Over the past three years, revenue has advanced 44% annually, on average, and profit has climbed 50%.
climbed 1.2% to $64.83. Shares of the household-product maker rallied on positive comments from Fitch Ratings Director Grace Barnett, who projected 5% sales growth for the industry in 2010.
: We rate Kimberly-Clark "buy." Third-quarter profit increased 41% to $582 million, or $1.40 a share, as revenue declined 2% to $4.9 billion. Kimberly-Clark's gross margin jumped from 33% to 39%, and its operating margin climbed from 13% to 18%. The company has weak liquidity, evident in its quick ratio of 0.6. A debt-to-equity ratio of 1.1 indicates higher-than-ideal leverage. Kimberly-Clark is cheaper than household products peers based on trailing earnings, projected earnings, sales and cash flow.
gained 3.5% to $84.80. The package delivery company benefitted from an analyst survey in Barron's, suggesting that its stock could top $100.
: We rate FedEx "buy." Fiscal first-quarter profit decreased 53% to $181 million, or 58 cents a share, as revenue fell 20% to $8 billion. FedEx's gross margin remained steady at 24%, but its operating margin dropped from 6% to 3%. A quick ratio of 1.3 demonstrates adequate liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 0.2 is below the industry average, indicating retrained leverage. FedEx is cheaper than air freight and shipping peers based on projected earnings, book value, sales and cash flow.
1. Union Pacific
increased 2.4% to $65.05. Railroad stocks have rallied since Warren Buffett announced plans to buy
Burlington Northern Santa Fe
: We rate Union Pacific "buy." Third-quarter profit dropped 26% to $517 million, or $1.02 a share, as revenue declined 24% to $3.7 billion. Union Pacific's gross margin increased from 32% to 36%, and its operating margin inched from 25% to 26%. A quick ratio of 0.8 reflects less-than-ideal liquidity. A debt-to-equity ratio of 0.6 is below the industry average, indicating conservative leverage. Union Pacific is cheaper than rivals based on all of our valuation measures.