NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Investors are always looking for growth. If you're looking for companies to buy that have great growth prospects, take a look at these stocks.

Growth is measured by the growth of both the company's income statement and cash flow.

Here are 20 stocks with A+ ratings, with high-growth potential from TheStreet Quant RatingsTheStreet's proprietary quant-based stock-rating tool.

The Street Quant Ratings rates every one of these stocks an A+, as well as a four-star rating on income, by measuring the historical price movement of the stock. These stocks were chosen from 4,300 different types of equities we rate.

TheStreet Ratings projects a stock's total return potential over a 12-month period including both price appreciation and dividends. Based on 32 major data points, TheStreet Ratings uses a quantitative approach to rating over 4,300 stocks to predict return potential for the next year. The model is both objective, using elements such as volatility of past operating revenues, financial strength, and company cash flows, and subjective, including expected equities market returns, future interest rates, implied industry outlook and forecasted company earnings.

Buying an S&P 500 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a buy yielded a 16.56% return in 2014, beating the S&P 500 Total Return Index by 304 basis points. Buying a Russell 2000 stock that TheStreet Ratings rated a buy yielded a 9.5% return in 2014, beating the Russell 2000 index, including dividends reinvested, by 460 basis points last year.

Check out which stocks made the list. And when you're done, be sure to read about which safe, A+ rated stocks you should buy now. Year-to-date returns are based on October 8, 2015 prices as of 11:11am.

 

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20. Jack Henry & Associates Inc. (JKHY - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $5.8 billion
Year-to-date return: 17.03%

Jack Henry & Associates Inc. provides technology solutions and payment processing services primarily for financial services organizations in the United States.

TheStreet Ratings team rates HENRY (JACK) & ASSOCIATES as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate HENRY (JACK) & ASSOCIATES (JKHY) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 21.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 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 25.73% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • HENRY (JACK) & ASSOCIATES has improved earnings per share by 21.0% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, HENRY (JACK) & ASSOCIATES increased its bottom line by earning $2.60 versus $2.18 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.76 versus $2.60).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the IT Services industry. The net income increased by 15.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $52.53 million to $60.54 million.
  • The gross profit margin for HENRY (JACK) & ASSOCIATES is rather high; currently it is at 52.84%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 18.14% is above that of the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: JKHY

 

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19. Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (BR - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $6.7 billion
Year-to-date return: 23.21%

Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. provides investor communications and technology-driven solutions for the financial services industry in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and internationally.

TheStreet Ratings team rates BROADRIDGE FINANCIAL SOLUTNS as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate BROADRIDGE FINANCIAL SOLUTNS (BR) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 21.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.74, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, BR has a quick ratio of 1.51, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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 33.51% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, BR should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • BROADRIDGE FINANCIAL SOLUTNS has improved earnings per share by 19.5% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, BROADRIDGE FINANCIAL SOLUTNS increased its bottom line by earning $2.32 versus $2.12 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.74 versus $2.32).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the IT Services industry. The net income increased by 18.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $140.20 million to $165.90 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: BR

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18. SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. (SSNC - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $7.1 billion
Year-to-date return: 22.79%

SS&C Technologies Holdings, Inc. provides software products and software-enabled services to financial services providers in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa.

TheStreet Ratings team rates SS&C TECHNOLOGIES HLDGS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate SS&C TECHNOLOGIES HLDGS INC (SSNC) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • SSNC'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 5.48, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 41.93% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 66.68% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, SSNC should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • SS&C TECHNOLOGIES HLDGS INC has improved earnings per share by 41.9% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, SS&C TECHNOLOGIES HLDGS INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.50 versus $1.39 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.57 versus $1.50).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry. The net income increased by 43.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $27.25 million to $39.13 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: SSNC

 

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17. Global Payments Inc. (GPN - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $8.5 billion
Year-to-date return: 61.67%

Global Payments Inc. provides payment solutions for credit cards, debit cards, electronic payments, and check-related services. It operates in two segments, North America Merchant Services and International Merchant Services.

TheStreet Ratings team rates GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC (GPN) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 21.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 37.50% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 69.41% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, GPN should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC has improved earnings per share by 37.5% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.12 versus $3.37 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.72 versus $4.12).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the IT Services industry. The net income increased by 26.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $51.63 million to $65.33 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 164.51% to $77.62 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -2.63%.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: GPN

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16. Acuity Brands, Inc. (AYI - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $8.2 billion
Year-to-date return: 33.93%

Acuity Brands, Inc. designs, produces, and distributes lighting solutions, components, and services for commercial, institutional, industrial, infrastructure, and residential applications in North America and internationally.

TheStreet Ratings team rates ACUITY BRANDS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate ACUITY BRANDS INC (AYI) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 14.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • AYI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.27 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, AYI has a quick ratio of 2.15, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • ACUITY BRANDS INC has improved earnings per share by 46.5% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, ACUITY BRANDS INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.05 versus $2.94 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.38 versus $4.05).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Electrical Equipment industry. The net income increased by 47.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $43.80 million to $64.50 million.
  • 44.95% is the gross profit margin for ACUITY BRANDS INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 9.43% is above that of the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: AYI

 

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15. Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. (FBHS - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $8 billion
Year-to-date return: 9.70%

Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc. provides home and security products for use in residential home repair, remodeling, new construction, security applications, and storage. It operates in four segments: Cabinets, Plumbing, Doors, and Security.

TheStreet Ratings team rates FORTUNE BRANDS HOME & SECUR as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate FORTUNE BRANDS HOME & SECUR (FBHS) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 1.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.4%. 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 current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.59, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.17, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. 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.
  • FORTUNE BRANDS HOME & SECUR's earnings per share declined by 5.9% 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, FORTUNE BRANDS HOME & SECUR increased its bottom line by earning $1.64 versus $1.21 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.05 versus $1.64).
  • 37.21% is the gross profit margin for FORTUNE BRANDS HOME & SECUR which we consider to be strong. Regardless of FBHS's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 6.84% trails the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: FBHS

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14. Total System Services, Inc. (TSS - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $8.7 billion
Year-to-date return: 39.08%

Total System Services, Inc. provides electronic payment processing services to banks and other financial institutions in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, and internationally.

TheStreet Ratings team rates TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES INC (TSS) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 21.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.81, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, TSS has a quick ratio of 2.00, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 40.62% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 49.88% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES INC has improved earnings per share by 40.6% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, TOTAL SYSTEM SERVICES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.46 versus $1.27 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.29 versus $1.46).
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $126.80 million or 39.74% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -2.63%.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: TSS

 

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13. Cincinnati Financial Corporation (CINF - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $9.1 billion
Year-to-date return: 7.33%

Cincinnati Financial Corporation engages in the property casualty insurance business in the United States. It operates in five segments: Commercial Lines Insurance, Personal Lines Insurance, Excess and Surplus Lines Insurance, Life Insurance, and Investments.

TheStreet Ratings team rates CINCINNATI FINANCIAL CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate CINCINNATI FINANCIAL CORP (CINF) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 12.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • CINF's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.13 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Insurance industry. The net income increased by 109.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $84.00 million to $176.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $255.00 million or 14.86% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CINCINNATI FINANCIAL CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -45.91%.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: CINF

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12. American Water Works Company, Inc. (AWK - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $10.1 billion
Year-to-date return: 5.03%

American Water Works Company, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides water and wastewater services in the United States and Canada. The company operates through two segments, Regulated Businesses and Market-Based Operations.

TheStreet Ratings team rates AMERICAN WATER WORKS CO INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate AMERICAN WATER WORKS CO INC (AWK) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • AMERICAN WATER WORKS CO INC has improved earnings per share by 11.5% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, AMERICAN WATER WORKS CO INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.39 versus $2.07 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.61 versus $2.39).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Water Utilities industry average. The net income increased by 12.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $109.30 million to $123.08 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 4.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $219.38 million or 6.62% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AMERICAN WATER WORKS CO INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 0.04%.
  • 49.41% is the gross profit margin for AMERICAN WATER WORKS CO 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 15.73% trails the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: AWK

 

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11. Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $9.8 billion
Year-to-date return: 28.58%

Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passengers and cargo air transportation services primarily in the United States. The company operates through Alaska Mainline and Alaska Regional segments.

TheStreet Ratings team rates ALASKA AIR GROUP INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate ALASKA AIR GROUP INC (ALK) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 7.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 50.42% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 87.71% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, ALK should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • ALASKA AIR GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, ALASKA AIR GROUP INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.43 versus $3.59 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.35 versus $4.43).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Airlines industry average. The net income increased by 41.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $165.00 million to $234.00 million.
  • 41.68% is the gross profit margin for ALASKA AIR GROUP INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 16.28% is above that of the industry average.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: ALK

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10. Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. (MLM - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $10.8 billion
Year-to-date return: 45.34%

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, supplies aggregates products and heavy building materials for the construction industry in the United States and internationally.

TheStreet Ratings team rates MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS (MLM) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 37.7%. 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 net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Construction Materials industry. The net income increased by 37.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $59.52 million to $81.94 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $91.94 million or 44.22% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 38.46%.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. 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.
  • MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS reported lower earnings of $2.53 versus $2.61 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.93 versus $2.53).
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: MLM

 

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9. Tesoro Corporation (TSO

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $12.62 billion
Year-to-date return: 37.92%

Tesoro Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in petroleum refining and marketing activities in the United States. It operates in three segments: Refining, Tesoro Logistics LP (TLLP), and Retail.

TheStreet Ratings team rates TESORO CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate TESORO CORP (TSO) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 171.76% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 63.47% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, TSO should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • TESORO CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, TESORO CORP increased its bottom line by earning $6.69 versus $2.83 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($13.02 versus $6.69).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 159.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $224.00 million to $582.00 million.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, TESORO CORP's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: TSO

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8. Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (AAP - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $13.9 billion
Year-to-date return: 19.02%

Advance Auto Parts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a specialty retailer of automotive replacement parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items.

TheStreet Ratings team rates ADVANCE AUTO PARTS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate ADVANCE AUTO PARTS INC (AAP) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • 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 47.13% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • ADVANCE AUTO PARTS INC has improved earnings per share by 7.4% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, ADVANCE AUTO PARTS INC increased its bottom line by earning $6.71 versus $5.33 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($8.30 versus $6.71).
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 48.52% is the gross profit margin for ADVANCE AUTO PARTS 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 6.32% trails the industry average.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.64, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.20 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: AAP

 

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7. Tyson Foods, Inc. (TSN - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $18.4 billion
Year-to-date return: 12.77%

Tyson Foods, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces, distributes, and markets chicken, beef, pork, prepared foods, and related allied products worldwide. The company breeds and raises chickens; and processes live chickens into fresh, frozen, and value-added chicken products.

TheStreet Ratings team rates TYSON FOODS INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate TYSON FOODS INC (TSN) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. 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.
  • TYSON FOODS INC has improved earnings per share by 13.7% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, TYSON FOODS INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.40 versus $2.32 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.20 versus $2.40).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Food Products industry. The net income increased by 31.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $260.00 million to $343.00 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: TSN

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6. Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. (RCL - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $20.1 billion
Year-to-date return: 11.34%

Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd. operates as a cruise company. The company operates cruisers under the Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Pullmantur, Azamara Club Cruises, CDF Croisieres de France, and TUI Cruises brand names.

TheStreet Ratings team rates ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD (RCL) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • RCL's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 35.48% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 40.45% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, RCL should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD has improved earnings per share by 35.5% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, ROYAL CARIBBEAN CRUISES LTD increased its bottom line by earning $3.42 versus $2.14 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.72 versus $3.42).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income increased by 34.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $137.67 million to $184.97 million.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: RCL

 

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5. Public Storage (PSA - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $37.6 billion
Year-to-date return: 17.76%

Public Storage is an equity real estate investment trust. It engages in the acquisition, development, ownership, and operation of self-storage facilities in the United States and Europe.

TheStreet Ratings team rates PUBLIC STORAGE as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate PUBLIC STORAGE (PSA) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • 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 29.07% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, PSA should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • PUBLIC STORAGE has improved earnings per share by 20.6% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, PUBLIC STORAGE increased its bottom line by earning $5.25 versus $4.89 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.94 versus $5.25).
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for PUBLIC STORAGE is rather high; currently it is at 51.80%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 54.30% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $456.84 million or 15.55% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, PUBLIC STORAGE's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 16.32%.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: PSA

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4. Danaher Corporation (DHR - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $60.2 billion
Year-to-date return: 2.77%

Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings team rates DANAHER CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate DANAHER CORP (DHR) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • DHR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • DHR's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.13 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 1.37, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • The gross profit margin for DANAHER CORP is rather high; currently it is at 58.68%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 13.56% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $1,094.00 million or 10.31% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, DANAHER CORP has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 3.68%.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: DHR

 

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3. Costco Wholesale Corporation (COST - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $65.7 billion
Year-to-date return: 5.71%

Costco Wholesale Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, operates membership warehouses. The company offers branded and private-label products in a range of merchandise categories.

TheStreet Ratings team rates COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP (COST) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • COST's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP has improved earnings per share by 9.5% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP increased its bottom line by earning $5.37 versus $4.66 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.64 versus $5.37).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Food & Staples Retailing industry. The net income increased by 10.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $697.00 million to $767.00 million.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Food & Staples Retailing industry and the overall market, COSTCO WHOLESALE CORP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: COST

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2. NIKE, Inc. (NKE - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $105.9 billion
Year-to-date return: 29.07%

NIKE, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, markets, and sells athletic footwear, apparel, equipment, and accessories for men, women, and kids worldwide.

TheStreet Ratings team rates NIKE INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate NIKE INC (NKE) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • 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 41.19% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, NKE should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • NIKE INC has improved earnings per share by 22.9% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, NIKE INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.70 versus $2.98 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.30 versus $3.70).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods industry average. The net income increased by 22.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $962.00 million to $1,179.00 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 13.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • NKE's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.09 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. To add to this, NKE has a quick ratio of 1.65, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: NKE

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1. Home Depot, Inc. (HD - Get Report)

Rating: Buy, A+
Market Cap: $154.5 billion
Year-to-date return: 14.62%

The Home Depot, Inc. operates as a home improvement retailer.

TheStreet Ratings team rates HOME DEPOT INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A+. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate HOME DEPOT INC (HD) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • 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 28.57% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, HD should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • HOME DEPOT INC has improved earnings per share by 13.8% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, HOME DEPOT INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.72 versus $3.75 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.31 versus $4.72).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Specialty Retail industry average. The net income increased by 9.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $2,050.00 million to $2,234.00 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.3%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the 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 Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, HOME DEPOT INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: HD