SuperValu, Motorola: S&P Gainers

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of food retailer SuperValu ( SVU) and Motorola Solutions ( MSI) were among the best performers in the S&P 500 on Tuesday.

The S&P 500 dropped 20.97 points, or 1.54%, to 1,343.36.

Shares of SuperValu rose 3.61% on Tuesday to $6.32 on about double its average daily trading volume of 4.65 million shares.

The stock made Data Explorers' "dangerous shorts" list, which includes stocks that have decreased significantly in the last year and therefore might be takeover targets.

SuperValu shares trade at an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 5.21X; the average among food retailers and wholesalers is 33.04X. For comparison, both Sysco ( SYY) and Whole Foods Market ( WFM) have higher forward P/Es of 14.16X and 30.26X, respectively.

Eleven of the 16 analysts who cover SuperValu rate the stock at hold. Three analysts give the stock a sell rating and two rate it at buy.

TheStreet Ratings gives SuperValu a D+ grade and sell rating. The stock has fallen 22.17% year to date.

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Motorola Solutions shares rose 1.6% to $51.48. The stock was upgraded to an outperform rating from a neutral rating by Credit Suisse analysts.

"Driven by significant share buybacks, steady fundamentals, and solid execution, we believe that MSI can deliver double digit earnings growth for the next several years," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a March 2 report.

Shares of Motorola Solutions hit a 52-week high on Tuesday of $51.88. The stock's 52-week low of $38.36 was set on Aug. 18.

Motorola Solutions' shares trade at a forward P/E of 15.62X; the average for telecommunications equipment companies is 24.21X.

Eleven of the 23 analysts who cover Motorola Solutions rate it at hold. Nine analysts give the stock a buy rating and three rate it at sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives Motorola Solutions a B- grade with a buy rating and $57.74 price target. The stock has risen 11.21% year to date.


Other top S&P 500 performers Tuesday include:
  • Staples (SPLS): The stock rose 2.09% on Tuesday to $15.36. The stock has increased 10.62% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Staples a B- grade with a buy rating and $17.77 price target.
  • Altera (ALTR): The stock increased 1.52% on Tuesday to $37.31. The stock has risen 18 cents yaer to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Altera a B grade with a buy rating and $43.94 price target.
  • Southern (SO): The stock rose 1.02% on Tuesday to $44.65. The stock has fallen 3.54% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Southern an A- grade with a buy rating and $53.95 price target.
  • Family Dollar (FDO): The stock increased 51 cents on Tuesday to $55.42. The stock has fallen 3.88% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Family Dollar an A- grade with a buy rating and $66.44 price target.
  • Xilinx (XLNX): The stock rose 35 cents on Tuesday to $36.07. The stock has increased 12.51% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Xilinx an A grade with a buy rating and $44.94 price target.
  • KLA-Tencor (KLAC): The stock increased 33 cents on Tuesday to $47.33. The stock has fallen 1.91% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives KLA-Tencor an A- grade with a buy rating and $61.06 price target.
  • Big Lots (BIG): The stock rose 24 cents on Tuesday to $44.39. The stock has increased 17.56% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Big Lots a B grade with a buy rating and $58.39 price target.
  • Linear Technology (LLTC):The stock increased 18 cents on Tuesday to $32.38. The stock has risen 7.83% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Linear Technology an A- grade with a buy rating and $38.39 price target.

-- Written by Alexandra Zendrian in New York.

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