6 Stocks Hit 52-Week Highs: SRE, UA, PNC, WOLF, EL, NCR

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Shares of these stocks hit 52-week highs on Friday: Sempra Energy ( SRE), Under Armour ( UA), PNC Financial ( PNC), Great Wolf ( WOLF), Estee Lauder ( EL) and NCR ( NCR).

Sempra Energy

"SRE remains one of the more diverse, well-managed companies in our universe, with significant alternatives available to create shareholder value," Goldman Sachs analysts wrote in an April 5 report. "Our sum-of the parts analysis (SOTP) incorporates a value for SRE's potential Cameron LNG export project - we assume a 33% probability of project completion, coming online in 2017, with roughly $5 of value embedded in our target price, but implying another $10 of upside potential to our target price if incremental clarity emerges on contracting, permitting and gaining federal approvals for this project. Using P/E multiple analysis on 2012/2013 EPS estimates and comparing to other Regulated Utilities/Diversified Utilities implies limited upside."

Shares of Sempra Energy hit a 52-week high Friday of $64.53. The stock's 52-week low of $44.78 was set on Aug. 9.

Sempra trades at an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 14.74 times; the average for multiutilities is 14.78. For comparison, Duke Energy ( DUK) has a lower forward P/E of 14.17.

Six of the 11 analysts who cover Sempra Energy rated it hold. Four analysts gave the stock a buy rating and one rated it sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives Sempra Energy an A grade with a buy rating and $72.64 price target. The stock has risen 17.35%.

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Under Armour

The athletic apparel retailer reported first-quarter earnings Friday of $15 million, or 28 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $12 million, or 23 cents a share. Analysts, on average, expected earnings to be 25 cents a share.

"Cleaner inventories reduce a major risk but expense timing pushes EPS out to 4Q," Jefferies analysts wrote in a report Friday. "We are incrementally more positive but would not chase.

Shares of Under Armour hit a 52-week high of $101.43 on Friday. The stock's 52-week low of $52.62 was set on Aug. 19.

Under Armour's forward P/E is 33.75; the average for clothing and accessories companies is 16.27. For comparison, Columbia Sportswear ( COLM) has a lower forward P/E of 13.87.

Nineteen of the 30 analysts who cover Under Armour rated it hold. Ten analysts gave the stock a buy rating and one rated it sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives Under Armour a B grade with a buy rating and $124.79 price target. The stock has risen 41.62% year to date.


PNC Financial

The bank reported Wednesday first-quarter earnings of $811 million, or $1.44 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $493 million, or 85 cents.

"We reiterate our Buy rating on PNC post 1Q12 earnings," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in a report Wednesday. "Shares of PNC have underperformed the BKX by 12pp YTD. However, we expect this trend to reverse as the market doesn't seem to appreciate: 1) positive momentum from legacy PNC, with commercial loans up 15% sequential annualized ex. RBC; 2) solid EPS accretion from the RBC deal; and 3) that PNC is likely on the sidelines in the M&A arena for the next 12-18mos as it rebuilds Basel III capital ratios."

Shares of PNC Financial hit a 52-week high of $64.99 on Friday. The stock's 52-week low of $42.70 was set on Aug. 23.

PNC Financial's forward P/E is 9.51; the average among its peers is 10.73. For comparison, Bank of New York Mellon ( BK) has a lower forward P/E of 9.2.

Twenty-three of the 28 analysts who cover PNC Financial rated it buy. Four analysts gave the stock a hold rating and one rated it sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives PNC Financial a B+ grade with a buy rating and $73.24 price target. The stock has risen 12.95% year to date.

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Great Wolf

Apollo Global Management ( APO) raised its bid for Great Wolf to $7.85 a share. KSL Capital Partners is also bidding for Great Wolf.

"Even after paying $8 (or $10 for that matter), we believe that the final buyer will be able to create value, simply based on internal growth (5-10% annual EBITDA growth) during the next few years," JMP Securities analysts wrote in a report Thursday. "At some point, we could see an exit at closer to 10x EBITDA ($13/share). In fact, we are somewhat surprised that no one is willing to pay 10x EBITDA today, as there are plenty of lodging assets (perhaps in better locations) trading for 12x or higher."

Shares of Great Wolf hit a 52-week high Friday of $8.11. The stock's 52-week low of $2.04 was set one year ago.

Two of the three analysts who cover Great Wolf rated it hold; one analyst gave the stock a buy rating.

TheStreet Ratings gives Great Wolf a C- grade and hold rating. The stock has risen 176.21% year to date.


Estee Lauder

"Given powerful global brand equity, leading market positions in the prestige beauty category, and rising market shares across key business segments, we believe shares of EL should trade relatively in line to other large-cap comparables, such as Colgate-Palmolive and Procter & Gamble," Wedbush analysts wrote in an April 16 report.

Shares of Estee Lauder hit a 52-week high Friday of $64.66. The stock's 52-week low of $40.76 was set on Oct. 4.

Estee Lauder's forward P/E is 24.82; the average for personal products is 16.09. For comparison, Avon Products ( AVP) has a lower forward P/E of 13.15.

Analysts were split on Estee Lauder with 10 giving the stock a buy rating and another 10 rating it hold.

TheStreet Ratings gives Estee Lauder an A+ grade with a buy rating and $81.91 price target. The stock has risen 14.64% year to date.

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NCR

The technology company reported Thursday first-quarter earnings of $29 million, or 23 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $13 million, or 12 cents.

"Although we retain our Neutral rating we are constructive on the shares and believe that the path for sustained multiple expansion has been laid out," Goldman Sachs analysts wrote in a report Friday. "Specifically, we believe it will hinge on the sustained momentum of its core Financial Services segment, and final pension related capital structure efforts (i.e., prefunding the liability), which the company indicated it would discuss further at its upcoming May analyst meeting. In addition, we believe that it will be critical for NCR to get its lagging Retail segment back on track and overcome headwinds in both the US and Europe. That said, NCR suggested that US order growth picked up at the end of the quarter. Last, sustaining the early traction from the recent Radiant acquisition will be key for its revenue growth profile and margin expansion potential."

Shares of NCR hit a 52-week high Friday of $23.46. The stock's 52-week low of $15.28 was set on Aug. 22.

NCR's forward P/E is 9.03; the average for computer hardware companies is 17.19. For comparison, VeriFone Systems ( PAY) has a higher forward P/E of 16.46.

Seven of the 12 analysts who cover NCR rated it buy. Four analysts gave the stock a hold rating and one rated it sell.

TheStreet Ratings gives NCR a C+ grade and hold rating. The stock has risen 42.77% year to date.

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