Parker Hannifin Corporation Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (PH)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH) 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 reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $354.31 million or 39.53% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 15.47%.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. 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.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.38, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.92 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, PH has outperformed against the industry average of 12.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

Parker Hannifin Corporation manufactures fluid power systems, electromechanical controls, and related components worldwide. Parker Hannifin has a market cap of $14.08 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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

--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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