Air Products & Chemicals The specialty gases company is scheduled to report its second-quarter earnings on April 23. Analysts, on average, expects earnings of $1.40 a share on revenue of $2.52 billion. "We continue to believe APD offers a compelling investment opportunity given its relatively defensive characteristics, attractive valuation (relative to historical norms and its main US competitor) and potential for earnings upside (relative to our estimates) tied to Electronics as well as operational improvements in Europe and the US," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a March 1 report. "Their F1Q earnings report got any potential bad news (i.e., F2Q guidance) out of the way, which should set the stage for the stock to outperform its industrial gas peers." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.8% Rated "A (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's first-quarter gross profit margin was basically the same as it was last year. Air Products & Chemicals has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.83, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs. In the first quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 1.70% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $103.49. The stock closed Tuesday at $91.71 and has risen 7.65% year to date.