Deere The agriculture services company raised its quarterly dividend 5 cents, or 12%, to 46 cents a share. This dividend will be paid on May 1. "We continue to believe that valuation multiples on DE's stock will remain constrained until investors have better visibility on (1) farmer cash flow trends and F2013 volume prospects or (2) impact of new capacity on normalized earnings power," Wells Fargo analysts wrote in a March 13 report. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.3% Rated "A- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's first-quarter gross profit margins were basically the same as they were last year. In the first quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 2.80% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' has a $92.90 price target on Deere. The stock closed Monday at $82.78 and has risen 7.02% year to date.
Ralph Lauren The retailer reported last month third-quarter earnings of $169 million, or $1.78 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $168 million, or $1.72 a share. "F3Q total rev up 17% (including strong DD% US growth) and wholesale rev up 11% (led by men's, kid's, Denim & Supply, and Europe rollout of ftwr, Lauren, Club Monaco) is expected to moderate in F4Q to LDD% (wholesale rev and retail comp), as a result of unseasonably warm weather and a highly promotional env't in the US and Europe, as well as a deceleration in tourist sales relative to 1H11," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a Feb. 10 report. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 0.5% Rated "A+ (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's third-quarter gross profit margin was about the same as it was the previous year. Ralph Lauren has strong liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.72, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs. In the third quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 3.41% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $222.73. The stock closed Monday at $177.14 and has risen 28.29% year to date.
Franklin Resources The asset management firm had $727.4 billion in assets under management in February, which topped both January's number of $704.3 billion and year-ago assets under management of $693.7 billion. "BEN reported Feb month-end AUM of $727.4B, an increase of 3.3% m/m and slightly below our estimate of $730.0B," Jefferies analysts wrote in a March 9 report. "Net flows appear positive but likely totaled
Focus Media The digital media company reported on March 19 fourth-quarter earnings of $75.4 million, or 57 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $47.2 million, or 35 cents a share. "We are particularly positive on margin improvement in poster frame business," JPMorgan analysts wrote in a report Monday. "FMCN maintains earlier expectation that 2012 YoY revenue growth would be ~20%-25%. Given good value of its platform and attractive valuation, we upgraded FMCN to OW, with Dec-12 PT of US$36." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1.6% Rated "B (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin increased from the previous year. Focus Media Holding is extremely liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 2.76, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 7.57% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $32.68. The stock closed Monday at $28.44 and has risen 45.92% year to date.