BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- United Technologies ( UTX) has reported quarterly results.
Quarterly Synopsis: Fourth-quarter GAAP earnings per share rose 14% to $1.31, including a three cent restructuring charge. Consolidated sales advanced 6% to $15 billion due to organic growth. Solid order trends indicate 2011 momentum The Otis segment enjoyed an 11% bump in new orders and commercial HVAC orders at Carrier climbed 21%. Most impressive, Pratt & Whitney's large engine business increased 45% as the end market recovered. United Technologies repurchased $556 million of shares during the quarter and $2.2 billion for the year, rewarding stock holders with higher earnings. It is forecasting $5.05 to $5.35 of 2011 profit. Earnings Performance: United Technologies posted adjusted per-share profit of $1.31, exceeding Wall Street's consensus estimate by 1.3%. By comparison, the company has an average earnings beat rate of 2.8% and has now beaten expectations in six consecutive quarters. Its top-line figure outperformed the expectation by 0.7%. By comparison, the company has an average sales beat rate of 1.6%. It missed expectations in the previous quarter. Dividend Information: United Technologies pays a quarterly dividend of 43 cents, converting to an annual yield of 2.1%. It has grown the distribution 10% in the past 12 months and 13% and 14% annually, on average, over three- and five-year periods. Analyst Opinions: Of analysts covering United Technologies, 16, or 72%, advise purchasing its stock and six recommend holding it. None say to sell. The stock has a median target of $89. Goldman Sachs, Buy, $94 Target Credit Suisse, Outperform, $92 Target Deutsche Bank, Buy, $90 Target Citigroup, Hold, $89 Target UBS, Buy, $87 Target JPMorgan, Overweight, $87 Target Barclays, Overweight, $86 Target