Western Digital Corporation Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (WDC)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Western Digital Corporation (Nasdaq: WDC) 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 robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • WDC's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 17.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 91.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Although WDC's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.26 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. To add to this, WDC has a quick ratio of 1.67, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 122.95% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 29.58% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, WDC should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • WESTERN DIGITAL CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, WESTERN DIGITAL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $6.45 versus $3.09 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($7.97 versus $6.45).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income increased by 131.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $145.00 million to $335.00 million.

Western Digital Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the development, manufacture, and sale of storage products that enable people to create, manage, experience, and preserve digital content. The company principally offers hard drives comprising 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch form factors. Western Digital has a market cap of $11.16 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 5.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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