CA The software company last month reported third-quarter earnings of $263 million, or 54 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $200 million, or 39 cents a share. "The renewal portfolio opportunity is expected to trough in FY13; setting up FY14 as a recovery year," Jefferies analysts wrote in a report on Monday. "We believe the company will look to shorten duration of renewals from five to three-year deals which will help to smooth renewal growth over the long run." CA has a forward P/E of 10.7; the average among software firms is 31.63. For comparison, Intuit ( INTU) has a forward P/E of 17.34 and Adobe's ( ADBE) is 12.04. Of the 15 analysts who cover CA, nine rated the stock a hold and six gave it a buy rating. CA's stock hit a 52-week high on Feb. 3 of $26.78. The stock's 52-week low of $18.60 was set on Aug. 19. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3.8% Rated "A- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin was basically the same as the previous year. CA has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.00, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs. In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 4.81% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $30.38.