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Should EMC Corp. Break Itself Apart?: FAST FUNdamental Analysis
- Since the "tech bubble” period EMC Corp. has produced a steady stream of above-average earnings growth.
- EMC Corp. is fundamentally sound with above-average growth potential.
- The market is currently valuing the business fairly.
F.A.S.T. Fundamentals On CSX Corp.
- CSX has performed exceptionally well over the past decade.
- The “usual suspect” metrics like P/E ratios, dividend yield and expected earnings growth indicate that the company might be a reasonable investment.
- This article takes a “behind the scenes” view of a variety of additional fundamental data.
AT&T: Compelling Even Without Growth
- AT&T is one of the largest and most recognized companies in the world.
- Due to its size, the overall expected growth prospects are rightfully subdued.
- Yet this fact alone does not preclude AT&T from being a reasonable investment opportunity.
Taking A 'FUN' Look At Kimberly-Clark
- Kimberly-Clark is a storied company and often a reasonable investment opportunity based on ordinary metrics.
- Frequently investors view these few basic metrics and come to an investment decision.
- With this article we would like to highlight additional fundamental data on this specific company that that might be useful.
Medtronic: A Lesson On Reasonableness Despite New Highs
- People tend to lump all companies together as “stocks” and today the general characterization is that stocks are “expensive”.
- While it is true that Medtronic is at an all-time high price, this certainly doesn’t translate to an all-time high valuation.
- As such, many might be inadvertently passing over perfectly investable opportunities.
Microsoft: The Progression Of A Maturing Business
- Everyone is well aware of Microsoft’s storied historical growth record, which provides a classic case to watch a company progress into the maturation phase.
- As a result of this slower growth, one might be inclined to believe that an investment thesis today is “late to the party.”.
- While it is true that the dynamics and capital attention of the business have changed, this does not necessarily rule out the possibility for a reasonable investment.
Chicago Bridge & Iron: A Solid Company With An 'Out Of Whack' Dividend
- Chicago Bridge & Iron has grown earnings per share by about 16% a year since 2000.
- The dividend history has been largely inconsistent – with just 6% of expected earnings being paid out this year.
- Overall shares are reasonably valued and might offer increased shareholder value in the future.
U.S. Bancorp: Don't Forget About This Fair Valued Bank
- U.S. Bancorp’s isn’t mentioned as often as other banks when discussing large financial investment opportunities.
- However, this bank has proven to be just as strong – perhaps even more so – than the others.
- Today shares trade in line with U.S. Bancorp’s historical valuation and the company has the ability to grow dividends and earnings nicely in the coming years.
The Buckle: Something 'Special' For Your Portfolio
- At first glance The Buckle does not appear to be a large income provider – paying out just a fourth of its profits for a 1.9% current yield.
- What is not readily apparent is the idea that The Buckle has paid a special dividend in each of the last 6 years – often in multiples of its regular.
- Presently shares are trading in line with the company’s historical valuation – offering an average yield and perhaps an “option” on potentially higher dividends.
Johnson Controls: Back To Consistency?
- Johnson Controls has been an especially consistent company, paying a dividend every year since 1887 and increasing revenues for 62 straight years until 2009.
- Earnings collapsed dramatically during the Great Recession due to JCI’s exposure to the cyclical automotive industry.
- Since 2009 the company has shown a propensity to get back to its profitable ways and is expected to grow its business nicely in the intermediate term.
General Mills: Close To Being Generally Interesting
- General Mills (GIS) has been an especially consistent and shareholder friendly company.
- The company’s prospects moving forward also appear reasonable, however, shares are presently trading at a valuation that is a bit higher than what has been historically normal.
- The patient investor might have the opportunity to partner with GIS at a generally interesting level in the future.
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- Credit Card Companies: Poised To Continue Their Charge
- Aaron's Leases, You Should Buy
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- Stanley Black & Decker: Powering Its Way Towards Fair Value
- Aflac: Still Cheap Despite The Recent Price Run-Up
- Wal-Mart: Fairly Valued Retail Powerhouse
- Accenture: Continuing To Deliver A Growth Story
- Penske Automotive Group: Fast Cars, Fast Growth
- General Dynamics: Short-term Uncertainty, Long-term Opportunity?
- World Fuel Services: Fueling A Growing World
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- Deere & Co: Short-Term Risks, Long-Term Opportunities
- Can Energizer Holdings Energize Your Holdings?
- Darden Restaurants: Popular Food, Unpopular Stock
- Ball Corp: Boring Company, Interesting Prospects
- CSX Corp: Weighing Efficiency Against Risks
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