Family Dollar, Wyndham: S&P Gainers

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - Family Dollar ( FDO) and Wyndham Worldwide ( WYN) were among the best-performers in the S&P 500 on Friday.

The S&P rose 5.19 points, or 0.37%, to 1,408.47.

Shares of Family Dollar increased 5.31% to $63.28. The stock hit a 52-week high Friday of $64.08. The stock's 52-week low of $44.42 was set on Aug. 9.

Family Dollar shares trade at an estimated price-to-earnings ratio of 15.08X; the average for specialty retailers is 16.66X. For comparison, Dollar Tree ( DLTR) has a forward P/E of 16.83X.

Thirteen of the 27 analysts who cover Family Dollar rate it at hold. Ten analysts give the stock a buy rating and four analysts rate it at sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives Family Dollar an A- grade with a buy rating and $70.52. The stock has risen 9.75% year to date.

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Wyndham Worldwide

Wyndham Worldwide shares gained 3.08% to $46.51. The stock was upgraded to buy from neutral by Goldman Sachs on Thursday.

"We are upgrading our rating on Wyndham to Buy from Neutral as we believe there is more upside and growth to Wyndham's core operating fundamentals then currently forecasted," Goldman Sachs analysts wrote in a report Thursday. "Evidence of these opportunities should become more apparent over the next few quarters both on the top line and bottom line.

The firm continued: "The surge in share price of 50% over the past 12 months (vs. 7.3% for the S&P 500) was driven primarily by better investor understanding of the cash flow and share buyback story, in our view. But now as we look out into the balance of 2012 and 2013 we believe there is another leg to the story and would urge investors to try to capture it."

Shares of Wyndham Worldwide hit a 52-week high on Friday of $46.99. The stock's 52-week low of $24.76 was set on Aug. 8.

Wyndham Worldwide shares trade at a forward P/E of 13.6X; the average for hotels is 24.97X. For comparison, Marriott International ( MAR) and Starwood Hotels & Resorts ( HOT) both have higher forward P/Es of 19.41X and 20.93X, respectively.

Thirteen of the 14 analysts who cover Wyndham Worldwide rate it at buy; one analyst gives the stock a hold rating.

TheStreet Ratings gives Wyndham Worldwide a B grade with a buy rating and $55.09 price target. The stock has risen 22.94% year to date.


Other top performers in the S&P Friday include:
  • Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD): The stock rose 6.07% Friday to $111.59. The stock has increased 24.71% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Pioneer Natural Resources a B- grade with a buy rating and $134.84 price target.
  • CBS (CBS): The stock increased 3.29% Friday to $33.91. The stock has risen 24.94% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives CBS a B+ grade with a buy rating and $41.25 price target.
  • WellPoint (WLP): The stock rose 3.04% Friday to $73.80. The stock has increased 11.4% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives WellPoint a B grade with a buy rating and $81.35 price target.
  • Cabot Oil & Gas (COG): The stock increased 3.04% Friday to $31.17. The stock has fallen 17.97% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Cabot Oil & Gas a B- grade with a buy rating and $41.37 price target.
  • American International Group (AIG): The stock rose 2.97% Friday to $30.83. The stock has increased 32.89% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives AIG a C grade and hold rating.
  • Helmerich & Payne (HP): The stock rose 2.96% Friday to $53.95. The stock has fallen 7.56% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Helmerich & Payne a B+ grade with a buy rating and $68.77 price target.
  • Tenet Healthcare (THC): The stock increased 2.91% Friday to $5.31. The stock has risen 3.51% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Tenet Healthcare a C- grade and hold rating.
  • Baker Hughes (BHI): The stock rose 2.82% Friday to $41.94. The stock has fallen 13.77% year to date. TheStreet Ratings gives Baker Hughes a B- grade with a buy rating and $49.92 price target.

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