State Street Corp Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (STT)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- State Street (NYSE: STT) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for STATE STREET CORP is currently very high, coming in at 95.60%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 19.30% is above that of the industry average.
  • STATE STREET CORP' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, STATE STREET CORP increased its bottom line by earning $3.79 versus $3.08 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.83 versus $3.79).
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to -$2,764.00 million or 8.65% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 8.65%, STATE STREET CORP is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 63.65%.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.

State Street Corporation, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to institutional investors worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, equal to the average banking industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. State Street has a market cap of $20.1 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

You can view the full State Street Ratings Report or get investment ideas from our investment research center.

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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