3 Stocks Reiterated As A Buy: PFE, XOM, REGN

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- TheStreet Ratings team reiterated 3 stocks with a buy rating on Monday based on 32 different data factors including general market action, fundamental analysis and technical indicators. The in-depth analysis of these ratings decisions goes as follows:

Pfizer Inc:

Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B+. According to TheStreet Ratings team: The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for PFIZER INC is currently very high, coming in at 85.17%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 22.92% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $4,087.00 million or 6.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -3.89%.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.49, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that PFE's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 2.03 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • PFIZER INC's earnings per share declined by 10.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. 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, PFIZER INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.65 versus $1.20 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.25 versus $1.65).

Pfizer Inc. discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells healthcare products worldwide. It offers medicines and vaccines, and various consumer healthcare products. Pfizer has a market cap of $182.2 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are down 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Exxon Mobil Corporation:

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A-. According to TheStreet Ratings team: The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • XOM's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. 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 company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income increased by 28.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $6,860.00 million to $8,780.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $10,202.00 million or 32.78% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -6.58%.

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores and produces for crude oil and natural gas. As of December 31, 2013, the company had approximately 37,661 gross and 31,823 net operated wells. Exxon Mobil has a market cap of $422.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 2.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc:

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: REGN) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of B. According to TheStreet Ratings team: 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. 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:
  • REGN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 42.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 45.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • REGN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.22 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.87, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 155.75% to $327.79 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 98.18%.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 44.12% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. We feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The other strengths this company shows, however, justify the higher price levels.
  • REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. 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, REGENERON PHARMACEUTICALS reported lower earnings of $3.80 versus $6.61 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($10.19 versus $3.80).

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, invents, develops, manufactures, and commercializes medicines for the treatment of serious medical conditions in the United States and internationally. Regeneron has a market cap of $34.5 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 26.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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