6 Stocks Hit 52-Week Highs: MO, SHW, CRM, JBHT, LO, FAF

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of these stocks hit 52-week highs on Friday: Altria ( MO), Sherwin-Williams ( SHW), Salesforce.com ( CRM), J.B. Hunt Transport Services ( JBHT), Lorillard ( LO) and First American Financial ( FAF).

Altria

"We recommend the purchase of Altria for investors as we believe Q1 results will demonstrate the strength of the Marlboro franchise, the focus on the architecture of the brand and improving margins," Davenport analysts wrote in a report Thursday. "One of the primary goals of MO's tobacco operating companies is to grow their share of the revenue and profit pools generated from adult tobacco consumers."

Shares of Altria hit a 52-week high Friday of $31.71. The stock's 52-week low of $23.20 was set on Aug. 9.

Altria has an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 13.41 times; the average for tobacco companies is 12.27. For comparison, Philip Morris International ( PM) has a higher forward P/E of 15.03.

Ten of the 18 analysts who cover Altria rated it hold; eight analysts gave the stock a buy rating.

TheStreet Ratings gives Altria a B+ grade with a buy rating and $38.56 price target. The stock has risen 7.02% year to date.

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Sherwin-Williams

"On Monday, Sherwin-Williams pre-announced better than expected 1Q:12 earnings reflecting 20% sales growth in the Paint Stores Group due to higher volumes and prices," JPMorgan analysts wrote in a report Thursday. "We lifted our 1Q:12 EPS estimate from $0.75 to $0.95, and we raised our 2012 EPS forecast from $5.70 to $6.00. We lifted our 2013 EPS projection from $6.30 to $6.60 to reflect growth from a higher base."

Shares of Sherwin-Williams hit a 52-week high Friday of $116.84. The stock's 52-week low of $69.47 was set on Aug. 19.

Sherwin-Williams' forward P/E is 16.56; the average for building materials and fixtures companies is 24.02. Fro comparison, Valspar ( VAL) has a lower forward P/E of 14.04.

Ten of the 16 analysts who cover Sherwin-Williams rated it hold. Three analysts gave the stock a buy rating and another three rated it sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives Sherwin-Williams a B- grade with a buy rating and $129.07 price target. The stock has risen 30.39% year to date.


Salesforce.com

"Salesforce.com has seen a recent uptick in large deals, with large enterprises turning to salesforce.com as a solution to tap into the opportunity of social enterprises," JMP Securities analysts wrote in a report Monday. "In Q4, salesforce.com reported nine eight figure deals, over 100 seven-figure deals, and indicated that it closed its largest deal in the quarter with Hewlett Packard (HP, Not Covered). In addition, salesforce.com already has indicated it closed its first ever nine-figure deal with a large insurance company in F1Q13."

Shares of Salesforce.com hit a 52-week high Friday of $161.89. The stock's 52-week low of $94.09 was set on Dec. 21.

Salesforce.com's forward P/E is 75.87; the average for software companies is 30.25. For comparison, Adobe ( ADBE) has a lower forward P/E of 12.5

Thirty-two of the 42 analysts who cover Salesforce.com rated it buy. Five analysts gave the stock a hold rating and five rated it sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives Salesforce.com a C grade and hold rating. The stock has risen 57.37% year to date.

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J.B. Hunt Transport Services

The delivery and transportation company reported Thursday first-quarter earnings of $67.7 million, or 57 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $50 million, or 40 cents.

"Our impression is freight trends during the quarter were in line with seasonal patterns with steady gains each month, and some acceleration late in March," KeyBanc Capital Markets analysts wrote in a report Friday. "Despite generally lean inventories, we believe the environment is being characterized by replenishment more than restocking, resulting in seasonal demand. Benign weather favorably impacted rail service, with increased export demand helping network balance and reducing repositioning costs, while share gains in shorter haul Eastern lanes (volume +28% vs. +28% comp; transcontinental +9% vs. +10% comp) remain robust and provide further secular growth opportunity."

Shares of J.B. Hunt hit a 52-week high on Friday of $56.73. The stock's 52-week low of $34.42 was set on Sept. 22.

J.B. Hunt's forward P/E is 18.76; the average for trucking companies is 14.25. For comparison, Old Dominion Freight Line ( ODFL) has a lower forward P/E of 14.83.

Fourteen of the 27 analysts who cover J.B. Hunt rated it buy; 13 analysts gave the stock a hold rating.

TheStreet Ratings gives J.B. Hunt an A+ grade with a buy rating and $64.59 price target. The stock has risen 24.98% year to date.


Lorillard

"Over the past several years, LO has delivered substantial shareholder returns, driven by industry-leading fundamentals, being a low-cost manufacturer, and a focus on returning cash to shareholders through share repurchases and a substantial and growingdividend," Davenport analysts wrote in a March 26 report. "Going forward, LO expects to continue to deliver double digit shareholder returns over time, defined as adjusted EPS growth plus dividend yield. In order to achieve this objective, LO is focused on executing a three prong strategy."

Shares of Lorillard hit a 52-week high Friday of $138.65. The stock's 52-week low of $96.50 was set on June 8.

Lorillard's forward P/E is 14.03; the average for tobacco companies is 12.27.

Seven of the 13 analysts who cover Lorillard rated it hold. Five analysts gave the stock a buy rating and one rated it sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives Lorillard a B grade with a buy rating and $179.10 price target. The stock has risen 21.44% year to date.

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First American Financial

"While we are positive on the longer-term outlook, we expect industry mortgage volumes to trend down over the next 12-18 months," Keefe, Bruyette & Woods analysts wrote in a March 1 report. "Over the long-term, we believe strong title insurers, such as FAF, should provide an attractive way to get exposure to a recovery in the purchase mortgage market."

Shares of First American Financial hit a 52-week high Friday of $17.30. The stock's 52-week low of $10.51 was set on Nov. 25.

First American Financial's forward P/E is 14.23; the average for property and casualty insurance companies is 15.66. For comparison, Progressive ( PGR) has a lower forward P/E of 13.46.

Two of the four analysts who cover First American Financial rated it hold. One analyst gave the stock a buy rating and another rated it hold.

TheStreet Ratings gives First American Financial a C grade and hold rating. The stock has risen 34.49% year to date.

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