Westlake Chemical The chemicals company reported on Feb. 21 fourth-quarter earnings of $26.4 million, or 40 cents a share, below year-ago earnings of $84.1 million, or $1.26 a share. "Given the drop off in ethane prices due to the heavy slate of H1 2012 cracker turnarounds and warmer winter weather, we are increasing our 2012 estimate from $3.75 to $4.50, and introducing 2013E of $4.75," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a Feb. 22 report. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.5% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the prior year. Westlake Chemical is extremely liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 3.38, which shows that the company can meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 16.69% from the previous year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $66.99. The stock closed Thursday at $60.02 and has risen 49.16% year to date.