Goodrich The aerospace components company reported earlier this month fourth-quarter earnings of $237.9 million, or $1.85 a share, up from year-ago earnings of $148.3 million, or $1.16. "The company stated that the merger with United Technologies (UTX-Not Covered) is still on target to close by mid 2012," Wedbush analysts wrote in a Feb. 3 report. "Goodrich and UTC continue to work through the regulatory procedures, which appear to be going well, although it is still early. We believe that the merger will get approved with the risk to the transaction being lying predominantly on the financing side. Should the equity markets become worse, we see risk with UTC proceeding with the equity offering." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.9% Rated "A+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin increased from the prior year. Goodrich has average liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.12, which shows the company can technically meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 10.55% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $165.22. The stock closed Monday at $125.98 and has increased 1.84% year to date.
Finish Line The athletic retailer is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings on March 29. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of 79 cents a share on revenue of $429.4 million. "The recent acquisition of The Running Company adds to its high mix of runningassortment which has secular tailwinds," Deutsche Bank analysts wrote in a Feb. 17 report. "While shares have traded well YTD, we see additional upside ahead and initiate coverage with a Buy rating and $28 PT." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin was basically the same as the prior year. Finish Line has strong liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.55, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs. In the third-quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 6.22% from the previous year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $28.60. The stock closed Monday at $23.30 and has risen 20.82% year to date.