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Company: Morgan Stanley (MS)

Brief Overview

  1. Percentage Held by Insiders = 0.31
  2. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 29
  3. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 3.35
  4. Profit Margin = 9.64%
  5. Operating Margin = 17.19%
  6. Quarterly Revenue Growth = -8.4%
  7. Quarterly Earnings Growth
  8. Operating Cash Flow = 15.44B
  9. Beta = 1.96
  10. Percentage Held by Institutions = 75.5%
  11. Short Percentage of Float = 2.3%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 4110
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 4703
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 1346
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = -94
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 14425
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 14064
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 9041
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 2.89
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 3.89
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 1.75
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 32403
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 31622
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 23358
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 2.37
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 1.54
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = -0.93
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 2.44
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 1.26

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 1.45
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 1.78
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth 03/2012 = -37.24

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio 03/2012 = 0.41
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 0.27

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 16.13
  2. ROE 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 5.6
  3. Debt/Total Cap 5 Year Average 03/2012 = 79.56
  4. Current Ratio = 0.82
  5. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 0.98
  6. Quick Ratio = 0.83
  7. Cash Ratio = 0.7
  8. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 1.13
  9. Retention rate = 59%

Company: New Gold Inc (NGD)

Basic overview

  1. Beta = 0.98
  2. Levered free cash flow = -$ 143.9 million
  3. Quarterly revenue growth = - 1.4%
  4. Quarterly earnings growth = 35.6%
  5. Operating margins= 38.8%
  6. Profit margins= 27%
  7. Operating cash flow = $ 216 million
  8. Short ratio = 1.00
  9. Cash Flow 5 -year Average = 4.28
  10. Percentage held by institutions = 61.8%
  11. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 52

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 179
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 182
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = -194
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = 35
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 335
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 261
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = -106
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 0.59
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 0.49
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 0.16
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 696
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 530
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 324
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = N/A
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = -0.69
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 0
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 0.29
  18. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 0.43

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 5
  2. ROE 5 Year Average = -2.14
  3. Return on Investment = 8.43
  4. Debt/Total Cap 5 Year Average = 12.68
  5. Current Ratio = 1.60
  6. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 3.65
  7. Quick Ratio = 1.10
  8. Cash Ratio = 1.42
  9. Interest Coverage Quarterly = N/A
  10. Long term debt to equity ratio = 0.11
  11. Sales vs. 1 year ago = 31.20%
  12. EPS vs. 1 year ago = 36%

Notes

This stock does not pay a dividend. A good long term entry point to consider would be in the $6.00 - 7.00 ranges. Alternatively, you could wait for a test of these ranges, and then sell puts with strikes in the $6.00-7.50 ranges.

Company: Starbucks Corp (SBUX)

Brief overview

  1. EPS 5 year growth rate = 16.23%
  2. Short ratio = 0.8%
  3. Quarterly earnings growth = 18.5%
  4. Quarterly revenue growth = 14%
  5. Profit Margins = 10.5%
  6. Operating margins = 12%
  7. Beta = 1.06
  8. Levered free cash = $770 million
  9. Operating cash flow = $1.52 billion
  10. Levered Free cash flow = $770 million
  11. 5 year sales growth rate = 5.64
  12. 5 year capital spending rate = -14%
  13. Long term debt to equity ratio = 0.11

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 1246
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 946
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 391
  4. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 2394
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 2011
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = 1162
  7. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 2.3
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 2.05
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 1.57
  10. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 11700
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 10707
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 9775
  13. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 0.87
  14. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 0.71
  15. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 0.8
  16. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 1.28
  17. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 1.52

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 1.3

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio = 0.35
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average = 0.15

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 17.78
  2. 5 Year History EPS Growth = 20.08
  3. ROE 5 Year Average = 25.4
  4. Return on Investment = 24.05
  5. Current Ratio = 2.20
  6. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 1.32
  7. Quick Ratio = 1.4
  8. Cash Ratio = 1.18
  9. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 55
  10. Retention rate = 65%

Company: Chesapeake Energy (CHK)

Basic Key ratios

  1. Percentage Held by Insiders = 13.8
  2. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 19
  3. Dividend 5-year Growth = 1.8
  4. Cash Flow 5-year Average = 6.24
  5. Dividend Yield 5-Year Average = 1.14
  6. Levered free cash flow= -$10.29 billion
  7. Operating margin = 22.6%
  8. EPS 5 year growth rate = -10.6%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 1742
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 1774
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = -5830
  4. Net Income Reported Quarterly ($mil) = -28
  5. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2011 = 4847
  6. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2010 = 4595
  7. EBITDA ($mil) 12/2009 = -7481
  8. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 6.11
  9. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 5.68
  10. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 5.07
  11. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 11635
  12. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 9366
  13. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 7702
  1. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2007 = 3.23
  2. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2008 = 3.56
  3. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 2.55
  4. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 2.95
  5. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 2.8

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 2.3
  2. Dividend Yield 5 Year Average 12/2011 = 1.14
  3. Dividend 5 year Growth 12/2011 = 5.12

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio 09/2011 = 0.16
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average 12/2011 = 0.1

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 8.44
  2. 5 Year History EPS Growth 12/2011 = -5.28
  3. ROE 5 Year Average 12/2011 = 16.06
  4. Return on Investment 12/2011 = 6.2
  5. Current Ratio 12/2011 = 0.59
  6. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 0.75
  7. Quick Ratio = 0.45
  8. Cash Ratio = 0.1
  9. Interest Coverage = 16

Notes

Only investors willing to take on some risk should consider this play. Levered free cash flow has turned negative and stands at a huge -$10.29 billion. The company has a huge pile of debt that it needs to deal with. This debt has become more of burden now with plunging natural gas prices. Chesapeake recently had to borrow $3 million from Goldman Sachs and Jefferies Group to be able to meet its commitments with banks and defend its balance sheet. It has also agreed to sell $4 billion in assets to Global infrastructure partners, and some analysts feel it will need to raise a total of $10 billion to stay solvent.

Company: American Capital Agency (AGNC)

Basic Key ratios

  1. Percentage held by institutions = 44.5%
  2. Profit margins = 92%
  3. Operating margins = 93%
  4. Quarterly revenue growth rate= 362%
  5. Quarterly earnings growth rate = 378%
  6. Relative Strength 52 weeks = 74
  7. Beta = 0.23
  8. Sales vs 1 year ago = 196
  9. Operating cash flow = 1.36B
  10. 52 week change = 19.5%

Growth

  1. Net Income ($mil) 12/2011 = 770
  2. Net Income ($mil) 12/2010 = 288
  3. Net Income ($mil) 12/2009 = 119
  4. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2011 = 5.18
  5. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2010 = 4.13
  6. Cash Flow ($/share) 12/2009 = 5.22
  7. Sales ($mil) 12/2011 = 1135
  8. Sales ($mil) 12/2010 = 383
  9. Sales ($mil) 12/2009 = 174
  10. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2009 = 5.17
  11. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2010 = 4.39
  12. Annual EPS before NRI 12/2011 = 5.21

Dividend history

  1. Dividend Yield = 14.4%

Dividend sustainability

  1. Payout Ratio = 0.87%
  2. Payout Ratio 5 Year Average = 1.17

Performance

  1. Next 3-5 Year Estimate EPS Growth rate = 2
  2. 5 Year History EPS Growth = 6.52
  3. Current Ratio = 0.1
  4. Current Ratio 5 Year Average = 0.06
  5. Quick Ratio = 0.06
  6. Interest Coverage Quarterly = 7.07

EPS and Price vs. industry charts, along with a large portion of the historical data used in this article, was obtained from zacks.com.

Disclaimer: It is imperative that you do your due diligence and then determine if the above plays meet with your risk tolerance levels. The Latin maxim "caveat emptor" -- "let the buyer beware" -- applies.

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