Today begins with real estate and money management service company Jones Lang LaSalle ( JLL - Get Report), which has had a buy rating since December 2004. The company shows impressive strengths, including a noteworthy return on equity (a sign of internal strength), stellar revenue growth and a pattern of EPS growth reflected in the impressive appreciation of its share price. With positive investment measures across the board, the company's low profit margins are nothing to fret about.
Greif ( GEF - Get Report), a manufacturer of industrial packaging products, has secured a buy rating since December 2004. The company has two classes of shares on our list (which is why there are only nine companies mentioned today).
Paint-manufacturer, distributor and retailer Sherwin-Williams ( SHW - Get Report) has earned a buy rating since December 2004. The company's strengths include solid revenue growth, steady stock-price appreciation, notable net income growth and expanding profit margins. Though no company is without its minor blemishes, Sherwin-Williams' positive performance shows no signs of chipping away and is positioned for continued upward momentum.
Sporting a buy rating since December 2004, Acuity Brands ( AYI - Get Report) owns and operates specialty products and lighting-equipment businesses. The company has numerous strengths, including notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, revenue growth and a pattern of positive EPS growth over the past two years. Though no company is flawless, there are currently no weaknesses likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.
Hub Group ( HUBG - Get Report) is a full-service transportation provider that offers truck brokerage and logistics services throughout North America. The company's stock has been rated a buy since December 2004. Hubs' strengths include its noteworthy return on equity, revenue growth and largely solid financial position.
Rated a buy since December 2004, Credicorp ( BAP - Get Report) owns and operates several prominent banks in South America. The company's strengths can be seen in its notable return on equity, EPS growth and expanding profit margins. Though the company may have a few minor weaknesses, TheStreet.com Ratings believes they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.
Jack in the Box which owns and operates its eponymous burger restaurants as well as the Mexican food chain Qboda, has earned a buy rating since December 2004. Its revenue growth, solid stock-price performance, impressive record of EPS growth and reasonable valuation levels position it to continue its strong performance. These strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows a weak operating cash flow.
Cameron International ( CAM) makes oil and gas pressure-control equipment, and has garnered a buy rating since February 2005. The company showed stellar revenue growth in 2006, mainly due to strong demand for its products thanks to increased drilling activities in the booming oil and gas industries. Cameron also showed a record order backlog for the year, which when combined with its pricing power, should maintain its top-line growth and continue to improve earnings.
Rated a buy since August 2005, Polycom ( PLCM) develops, manufactures, markets and services equipment for video, voice and data communications. The company's strengths include a favorable debt-to-equity ratio, solid stock-price performance and good cash flow from operations. The growth in its stock price has made it relatively expensive compared with its industry peers, but given its strengths, the higher price levels are justified. TheStreet.com Ratings currently do not see any significant weaknesses that are likely to detract from Polycom's generally positive outlook.