Harris Interactive Inc. Stock Upgraded (HPOL)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Harris Interactive (Nasdaq: HPOL) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Media industry. The net income increased by 78.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1.63 million to $2.89 million.
  • HPOL's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.28 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.01, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, HARRIS INTERACTIVE INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 41.40% is the gross profit margin for HARRIS INTERACTIVE INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 7.79% trails the industry average.
  • HARRIS INTERACTIVE INC has improved earnings per share by 25.0% 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 year. During the past fiscal year, HARRIS INTERACTIVE INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.07 versus -$0.13 in the prior year.
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Harris Interactive Inc. operates as a consultative market research company primarily in North America, Europe, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. The company has a P/E ratio of 32.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Harris Interactive has a market cap of $94.8 million and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. Shares are up 36.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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

-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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