3 Stocks Reiterated As A Hold: HPQ, FSLR, MS

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- TheStreet Ratings team reiterated 3 stocks with a hold rating on Friday 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:

Hewlett-Packard Co:

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C+. According to TheStreet Ratings team: The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, HPQ's share price has jumped by 35.91%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • 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 Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, HEWLETT-PACKARD CO has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for HEWLETT-PACKARD CO is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 26.97%. Regardless of HPQ's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, HPQ's net profit margin of 3.57% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 29.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1,390.00 million to $985.00 million.

Hewlett-Packard Company, together with its subsidiaries, provides products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers, small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health, and education sectors worldwide. Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $65.7 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. Shares are up 32.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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First Solar Inc:

First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C+. According to TheStreet Ratings team: The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, FSLR's share price has jumped by 78.19%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for FIRST SOLAR INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 28.53%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 0.83% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $118.38 million or 46.76% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

First Solar, Inc. provides solar energy solutions worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Components and Systems. First Solar has a market cap of $7.1 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are up 29.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Morgan Stanley:

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a hold with a ratings score of C+. According to TheStreet Ratings team: The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • MS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.1%. 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. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals will not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • The gross profit margin for MORGAN STANLEY is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 33.06%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 19.79% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $548.00 million or 96.02% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, MORGAN STANLEY has marginally lower results.

Morgan Stanley, a financial holding company, provides various financial products and services to corporations, governments, financial institutions, and individuals worldwide. Morgan Stanley has a market cap of $63.9 billion and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 5.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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