National Instruments The automation products company reported last month fourth-quarter earnings of $24.3 million, or 20 cents a share. National Instruments earned $38 million, or 32 cents a share, a year earlier. "The 4Q11 result was already pre-announced, but management's guiding 1Q12 below normal seasonality and significantly below the street will result in a big model reset," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a Jan. 31 report. "While this should pressure the stock, we see support from two sources that we believe will keep the stock range-bound: (1) investors will likely look to the C13 recovery year for "realistic" valuation, and (2) a dividend hike brings the yield to approximately 2%." National Instruments has a forward P/E of 18.33. The average among electronic equipment companies is 21.09. Zebra Technologies ( ZBRA) has a forward P/E of 15.15. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin was basically the same from the previous year. National Instruments is extremely liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 2.35, which shows that the company can meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 14.43% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $32.28. The stock closed Tuesday at $27.30; the stock has increased 5.2% year to date. Find out which stocks have the highest dividend yields.