Minerals Technologies The specialty mineral company reported earlier this month fourth-quarter earnings of $19.6 million, or $1.11 a share, up from year-ago earnings of $15.7 million, or 87 cents. "The valuations and market values for cyclical names and the chemical space generally have appreciated over the past eight weeks. MTX's valuation remains attractive on a relative and on an absolute basis," JPMorgan analysts wrote in a Feb. 6 report. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.3% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the previous year. Minerals Technologies is extremely liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 3.36, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth decreased 1.84% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $77.67. The stock closed Friday at $66.60 and has increased 17.81% year to date.