NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The following stocks hit 52-week highs on Thursday: Cost Plus ( CPWM), Family Dollar ( FDO), Archer Daniels Midland ( ADM), Valspar ( VAL) and News Corp ( NWSA).
Cost Plus The casual home furnishings retailer reached a deal to be acquired by Bed Bath & Beyond ( BBBY) for $22 a share in cash, or about $500 million. "We do not believe Bed Bath & Beyond intends to re-brand stores for either company, and instead believe Cost Plus will continue to pursue its expansion plans of opening new stores under the Cost Plus banner," Wedbush analysts wrote in a report Thursday. Shares of Cost Plus hit a 52-week high of $21.97. The stock's 52-week low of $5.57 was set on Oct. 4. Cost Plus trades at an estimated price-to-earnings ratio for next year of 17.14 times; the average for specialty retailers is 15.22. Four of the seven analysts who cover Cost Plus rated it hold. Two analysts gave the stock a buy rating and one rated it sell. The stock has risen 125.13% year to date.
Archer Daniels Midland "We are raising our 12-month target price to $37 and maintaining our outperform rating on ADM following 3Q earnings," Credit Suisse analysts wrote in a May 1 report. "While the results in the quarter were not great, the company executed well in a tough oilseeds environment and delivered better ethanol results than we feared. This reinforces our conviction that the company's transition to a more ROIC-focused management is working, and that ADM is set up for a much stronger FY 13. We expect ADM to benefit from a 12-14% increase in U.S. corn production, strong origination out of North America in the fall to compensate for the weak Brazilian soy crop, temporary shutdowns of 14-15 "destination" ethanol plants by competitors outside of the corn belt, and full realization of $150 million in savings from workforce reductions and the elimination of financial reporting redundancies by March, 2013." Shares of Archer Daniels Midland hit a 52-week high Thursday of $33.98. The stock's 52-week low of $23.69 on Oct. 4. Archer Daniels Midland's forward P/E is 10.8; the average for food products companies is 14.74. For comparison, Bunge ( BG) has a lower forward P/E of 8.93. Seven of the 15 analysts who cover Archer Daniels Midland rated it buy. Six analysts gave the stock a hold rating and two rated it sell. The stock has risen 18.22% year to date.
News Corp The media company reported on Wednesday third-quarter net income of $937 million, or 38 cents a share, up from year-earlier earnings of $639 million, or 24 cents a share. On an adjusted basis, third-quarter earnings were 37 cents a share. Analysts, on average, expected earnings of 31 cents a share, according to Thomson Reuters. Shares of News Corp hit a 52-week high Thursday of $20.50. The stock's 52-week low of $13.38 was set on Aug. 9. News Corp's forward P/E is 12.01; the average for broadcast and entertainment companies is 25.35. For comparison, Walt Disney ( DIS) has a higher forward P/E of 13.13. Nineteen of the 29 analysts who cover News Corp rated it buy. Nine analysts gave the stock a hold rating and one rated it sell. The stock has risen 15.19% year to date.