Lincoln Electric The welding products manufacturer is scheduled to report its fourth-quarter results on Feb. 17. Analysts, on average, anticipates earnings of 63 cents a share on $698.38 million in revenue. Shares of Lincoln Electric hit a 52-week high on Tuesday of $45.74. The stock's 52-week low of $26.84 was set on Oct. 4. Lincoln Electric has a forward P/E of 16.31X. The average for industrial machinery companies is 15.99X. Timken ( TKR) has a lower forward P/E of 8.74X. Four of the seven analysts who cover the stock rated it a buy. The other three analysts rated it a hold. TheStreet Ratings gives Lincoln Electric a B+ grade and has a $56.14 price target on the shares. The stock has risen 16.25% year to date.
Valspar The paint and coatings company is scheduled to report its fiscal first-quarter results on Feb. 14. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of 48 cents a share on revenue of $906.35 million. "New product wins, stabilizing raw material costs and higher pricing should be the positive headlines for VAL starting out FY12," KeyBanc Capital Markets analysts wrote in Jan. 18 report. "Pricing is quickly catching up to costs and the Company's margins should improve even in a low growth to possibly slightly down volume environment when it reports 1Q12 results." Shares of Valspar hit a 52-week high on Tuesday of $44.48. The stock's 52-week low of $27.44 was set on Aug. 8. Valspar has a forward P/E of 13.09X. The average among building materials and fixtures companies is 40.85X. Lennox International ( LII) has a lower forward P/E of 12.75X. Of the 13 analysts who cover Valspar, eight rated the company a hold. Five analysts consider it a buy. TheStreet Ratings gives Valspar a B- grade and has a $50.02 price target on the shares. The stock has risen 13.45% year to date.