Healthcare Services Group The housekeeping services company reported on April 10 first-quarter earnings of $8.6 million, or 13 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $7.8 million, or 12 cents. "We are maintaining our Buy rating on HCSG as we believe the Q1:12 EPS miss, which was driven by lower than expected gross margins, is a one-time event and has been addressed," Benchmark analysts wrote in an April 10 report. Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 3% Rated "A- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's first-quarter gross profit margin decreased from the previous year. Healthcare Services Group is very liquid. Its Quick Ratio is 4.29, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs. In the first quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 2.81% from the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $24.63.
Procter & Gamble The consumer-products company is scheduled to report third-quarter results on Friday. Analysts, on average, anticipate earnings of 93 cents a share on $20.30 billion in revenue. "We see solid, if unspectacular, risk/reward, and believe that P&G's new plans, despite a lack of detail, do raise the likelihood of savings being delivered," Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts wrote in an April 17 report. "PG has historically been the least active in driving savings targets internally, offering opportunity for change. In a recent report, we noted that if PG can generate 75% of its headline savings target, we believe it can deliver 9% annual EPS growth, while also funding
Signet Jewelers The jewelry company reported on March 22 fourth-quarter earnings of $156.6 million, or $1.79 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $105.4 million, or $1.21. "Shares of SIG have come under pressure post Q4 earnings (down 8% vs. group flat) due to a perceived comp slowdown and negative Street revisions via the impact of a Q1 calendar shift," JPMorgan analysts wrote in an April 2 report. "Now, with the negative catalyst out of the way, we feel that the SIG shares can begin to work again from here. Reasons for our optimism stem from 1) the fact that the negative Q1 Mother's Day shift will turn into a positive Q2 shift, 2) an anticipated near-term round of price increases should give a boost to both margins and comps coming out of Q1, 3) we believe the negative UK comps in February bounced back in March and 4) Street numbers now reflect a more compelling "beat and raise" setup." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 1% Rated "A- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin was about the same as the prior year. Signet Jewelers has strong liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 1.87, which shows the company can meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth increased 17.53% from the previous year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $54.23.
Williams-Sonoma The home goods company reported on March 8 fourth-quarter earnings of $1.3 billion, or $1.17 a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $1.2 billion, or $1.05 a share. "We believe WSM's dominant e-commerce business remains a significant growth catalyst," Canaccord analysts wrote in an April 2 report. "WSM is the clear leader in home furnishings ecommerce, generating $1.4B in FY11 online revenues, nearly 3x the size of its closest competitor." Forward Annual Dividend Yield: 2.3% Rated "A- (Buy)" by TheStreet Ratings: The company's fourth-quarter gross profit margin was about the same as it does the previous year. Williams-Sonoma has weak liquidity. Its Quick Ratio is 0.99, which demonstrates a lack of ability to meet its short-term cash needs. In the fourth quarter, stockholders' net worth was basically the same as the prior year. TheStreet Ratings' price target is $43.97. -- Written by Alexandra Zendrian >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Alexandra Zendrian >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. >To follow the writer on Twitter, go to Alexandra Zendrian.