Sunoco (SUN) Upgraded From Sell to Buy

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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Sunoco  (SUN) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from Sell to Buy with a ratings score of B-.  TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

TheStreet Ratings team rates SUNOCO LP as a Buy with a ratings score of B-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate SUNOCO LP (SUN) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.8%. 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.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, SUN's share price has jumped by 35.77%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, SUN should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • SUNOCO LP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, SUNOCO LP increased its bottom line by earning $1.69 versus $0.73 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.85 versus $1.69).
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.31, 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 0.95 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: SUN Ratings Report

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