Thursday, June 15, 2017

General Electric Company Power Segment Analysis

On General Electric Company's (NYSE:GE) last earnings call, Citigroup analyst Andrew Kaplowitz raised a question attesting to fears that GE's power segment could be facing structural issues -- rather than "transient and cyclical" ones. It's actually a key consideration, because power is GE's historical strength, and gas turbines are still its single most important product. Let's take a look at the arguments for and against.

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AgroFresh Solutions Earnings Analysis

AgroFresh Solutions, Inc. , a company offering freshness solutions to growers of produce, pleased investors by reporting progress on its plans for 2017. Not only were its headline numbers better, but management also outlined improvements made from the implementation of its growth strategy. Let's take a closer look at the details from the quarter.

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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

BorgWarner Earnings Analysis

The auto industry is one of the most-discussed sectors of the industrial economy in 2017, and investors tend to watch the earnings results of automotive powertrain supplier BorgWarner Inc. (NYSE:BWA) for clues on where carmakers are heading. Let's take a look a closer look at the earnings

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Jones Lang LaSalle Earnings Analysis

Commercial property services company Jones Lang LaSalle Inc (NYSE:JLL) produced a solid set of first-quarter results on Friday and affirmed its full-year guidance. That said, investors will be wondering just how a 21% increase in fee revenue translated into a 12.9% drop in adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA), let alone a 45.1% decline in adjusted diluted EPS. Wait no further to find out.

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Key Takeaways From United Technologies Earnings

One of the advantages of owning a stock trading at a discount to its peers comes from the notion that all the company has to do is report an OK-looking set of results and investors are likely to reward it. In this context, I would argue that although United Technologies Corporation's (NYSE:UTX) recent first-quarter results were good enough to satisfy investors, they contained a mix of positives and negatives. That said, here are the key takeaways from the earnings so you can make up your own mind.

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Illinois Tool Works Earnings Analysis

In general, it's been a good reporting season for industrial companies, and the results from diversified industrials such as Illinois Tool Works Inc. (NYSE:ITW) and 3M Co.(NYSE:MMM) stand out in particular. Both companies raised their full-year earnings and organic revenue forecasts and served notice of improving end markets. That said, both stocks now trade at valuations that are definitely not cheap on a historical basis.
Let's look at the key takeaways from Illinois Tool Works' recent earnings report and determine whether there's enough here to take the stock higher in 2017.

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Roper Technologies

The general theme from industrial companies in the current earnings season has been the return to growth of capital spending by energy and heavy industries, and the latest earnings report from Roper Technologies  confirmed the trend. However, the good news didn't stop there: Management unveiled some excellent operational performance in the quarter and its other end markets reported good conditions. Let's take a closer look at a strong quarter for the company.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Why WESCO International Stock Price Fell in April

The stock price of industrial distribution company WESCO International (NYSE:WCC) fell around 12% in April driven by a disappointing set of first-quarter earnings. As you can see in the chart below it's not been a happy time for investors in industrial wholesale and distribution stocks. Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) and MSC Industrial Co Inc. (NYSE:MSM)have also reported disappointing results this earnings season

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Danaher Corporation Earnings Analysis

As you look across the industrials sector, Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) jumps out, for two reasons. First, Danaher isn't your typical kind of cyclical industrial company. In fact, its collection of medical-focused and environmental businesses give it secular growth credentials, meaning its earnings can grow relatively uncorrelated to the ups and downs of the economy. Second, there's its valuation premium

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Monday, May 29, 2017

General Electric Company Cash Flow

After a difficult 2016 in which General Electric Company  failed to meet its original organic revenue growth target range, the company was under pressure to steady the ship in 2017. On the plus side, the recent first quarter was good from a headline perspective (revenue, earnings, margin etc); however industrial cash flow from operations (CFOA) came in $1 billion below expectations, with an outflow of $1.6 billion instead of the expected outflow of $600 million. Does that matter?

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Emerson Electric Earnings Analysis

It's been a pretty good earnings season for the industrials sector. Particularly so for companies with heavy exposure to oil & gas related capital spending. As such, expectations were for a good set of results from Emerson Electric Co.  and the company didn't disappoint with its earnings report on Tuesday. For the second time this year, CEO David Farr raised guidance and served notice that the dividend investors' favorite is on an improving uptrend. Let's take a look at what happened in Emerson Electric's second quarter.

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Check Point Software Earnings Analysis

Network security company Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. ( delivered another solid set of earnings recently, and served notice that its long-term strategic efforts in cloud, mobility, and threat prevention are starting to pay off. As a relatively mature market leader in its industry, Check Point isn't going to match the growth rates of rivals like Fortinet Inc. or Palo Alto Networks Inc. but management has taken steps to increase growth. Meanwhile, underlying growth and cash flow generation remains excellent.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cognex Corporation Earnings Analysis

Machine vision company Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ:CGNX) continues to please investors by releasing guidance-busting results and winning large orders from customers in new markets.The first-quarter earnings report continued the company's run of strong earnings reports, and management signaled that it is on track to see a significant pickup in revenue in the second half. Let's take a look at Cognex's first quarter.

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Dassault Systemes Earnings Analysis

France-based engineering and design software company Dassault Systemes(NASDAQOTH:DASTY) produced a mixed set of results in its first quarter. The headline numbers were fine, and management sounded an upbeat tone with regard to its 3DExperience and Solidworks platforms, but new software license sales were lower than the forecast rate for the full year. Let's take a closer look at what happened.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

WESCO International

In an earnings season where other industrial-related companies such as Illinois Tool Works (NYSE:ITW)Dover Corp (NYSE:DOV) and CSX Corporation (NASDAQ:CSX) have reported strengthening conditions, WESCO International Inc.'s (NYSE:WCC) first-quarter earnings report and guidance were somewhat lackluster. Let's take a look at what happened in the quarter.

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Honeywell International Earnings Analysis

After a strong set of first-quarter earnings, investors in Honeywell International might have expected a bit more in terms of a guidance hike, but it's hard to be too churlish. The new CEO, Darius Adamczyk, can be forgiven for taking a conservative approach to guidance -- particularly after a difficult 2016 -- and the underlying fundamentals do seem like they are turning in the company's favor.
Let's take a look at the key takeaways from the earnings presentations.

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General Electric Earnings Analysis

In an act of almost poetic symmetry, General Electric Company's (NYSE:GE) latest results left investors confused. Whereas in previous quarters, the headline revenue guidance was down, but management gave assurances that the underlying performance was fine, this time around, it was the opposite. Simply put, the headline numbers were good, but the twist in the tale came from the magnitude of cash outflow in the quarter. There is a lot going on in the results, so let's take a look at the key takeaways from the earnings report.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

CSX Earnings Analysis

Railroads always give great color on the economy, and if the latest earnings report from CSX Corporation (NASDAQ:CSX) is anything to go by, then overall conditions are definitely improving in the U.S. industrial economy. That said, it's not an even recovery, and some parts of the economy are improving more than others. Let's take a look at the details in the latest numbers and what they mean for investors

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Illinois Tool Works Earnings Analysis

Diversified industrial specialist Illinois Tool Works (NYSE:ITW) did it again: The company's first-quarter results breezed past guidance, and management raised full-year expectations. It continues to outperform its end markets and expand operating margin. In addition, its segments most affected by the industrial weakness in the U.S. in 2016 are now starting to turn. There's a lot to look at, so let's dive into the details.

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Dover Corp Earnings

Dover Corp. (NYSE:DOV) is one of the most heavily oil and gas-focused industrial companies on the market. For example, at the start of 2013 the company's energy segment generated more than 40% of total segmental earnings. No prizes for guessing that that figure is a lot lower now -- less than 14% in recent first-quarter results -- but the segment looks to be in recovery mode, and management's commentary on the earnings call reads across well for other companies with oil exposure. Let's look, then, at Dover's earnings.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Top Aerospace Stocks For 2017

A combination of multiyear backlogs at Boeing (NYSE:BA) and Airbus(NASDAQOTH:EADSY), and projections from industry bodies like the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for long-term passenger growth of 3.7%, make the aerospace sector very attractive for investors. I think large cap United Technologies Corporation(NYSE:UTX) and small cap Ducommun Incorporated (NYSE:DCO) are worthy investment candidates; here's why.

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Robert Half Earnings Analysis

Once again, investors in staffing company Robert Half International (NYSE:RHI) have been left wondering just when the company will see the benefits of a pickup in hiring by its customers. While its first-quarter 2017 earnings were at the high end of expectations, it certainly wasn't due to any increase in temporary or permanent hiring among its client base in the U.S. Let's take a closer look at what's going on.

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AZZ Inc Earnings Analysis

It's never a good thing when a company misses its current full-year guidance and then promptly reduces its guidance for the coming fiscal year, but that's the reality of AZZ Inc.'s (NYSE:AZZ) fourth-quarter earnings report. A combination of weak ongoing end-market conditions and the bankruptcy of Westinghouse hit AZZ hard. In short, it was another difficult quarter for the company. Let's take a closer look at what went wrong

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Value Stocks for 2017

Value stocks are attractive because there's usually something about them that limits the downside, whether it's a high dividend yield, a low price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio, or high free cash flow (FCF) generation. Investors can think of a value stock as having limited downside but good upside potential -- a good investment, in my book. Let's look at three good examples of value stocks you can buy right now. 

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Genuine Parts Company Earnings

Genuine Parts Company (NYSE:GPC), owner of NAPA Auto Parts, became the first of the major auto parts companies to report earnings and sales for its first-quarter period ending on March 21.
The key issue to focus on is automotive group comparable sales, which can be seen in the chart below. I've also included the most directly applicable sales numbers for its peers, O'Reilly Automotive Inc (NASDAQ:ORLY)AutoZone, Inc (NYSE:AZO) and Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE:AAP). The disappointing sales performance of Advance Auto Parts is largely due to the effects of integrating a troublesome acquisition. 

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Electrical Equipment Stocks to Buy

Stock prices in the electrical equipment sector have been buoyed by a combination of expectations for an infrastructural stimulus, stabilization in oil and gas capital spending, and a general pickup in U.S. industrial production. While all three drivers are well founded, the market has seemingly baked them into companies' valuations and it's harder to find value in the sector. Still, I think there's a good case for buying stock in Parker-Hannifin Corp. (NYSE:PH)ABB Ltd. (NYSE:ABB), and Ingersoll-Rand plc (NYSE:IR) .

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Fastenal Earnings

Industrial supply company Fastenal Company (NASDAQ:FAST) recently reported its first-quarter earnings, and in common with its peer MSC Industrial Direct Co Inc (NYSE:MSM), the company beat sales expectations in the quarter. However, also like MSC Industrial, the stock sold off heavily post earnings.

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GE Earnings Preview

The next few quarters are extremely important for the investment thesis for General Electric Company . The stock has significantly underperformed the S&P 500 and the industrial sector over the last year or so amid fears that the company might miss its target of $2 in operating earnings per share. After a 2016 in which revenue estimates were significantly lowered throughout the year, investors need to see a few quarters of stabilization in order to regain confidence.
In this vein, let's analyze what to look out for in GE's first-quarter earnings on April 21.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Emerson Electric Presentations

Emerson Electric Co.'s (NYSE:EMR) 3.2% dividend yield and 60-year history of increasing dividend payments makes it an income investor's favorite. However, following the divestitures of the network power segment and two industrial automation businesses, and a tough 2016 in which underlying sales fell 7%, investors might be concerned about its dividend growth prospects. Simply put, Emerson needs to get back to growth. With this in mind, here are some key takeaways from management's recent presentation.

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How FedEx Corporation Makes Money

How does FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) make most of its money? That's a question worth investigating since the company's chief moneymaking segment has changed hands a few times in the past decade. Moreover, a fuller understanding of how the company operates will help investors appreciate what's happening with the investment propositions at FedEx and its main rival, United Parcel Service, Inc. (NYSE:UPS). Let's take a closer look.

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MSC Industrial Earnings Analysis

MSC Industrial Direct's second-quarter earnings came in broadly ahead of internal expectations, and management served notice of continued growth going forward. Let's take a look at the earnings and guidance from an upbeat quarter

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Friday, May 5, 2017

FedEx Corporation or UPS?

The perennial question facing investors in the package delivery industry: Should you choose FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) or United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS) stock? Or even buy both -- or avoid both? Let's take a look at the relative merits of each company and speculate on which stock is the better buy.

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3 Residential Construction Stocks to Buy

The U.S. housing market remains on a good trend, and provided that new household formation and employment growth continues, it's reasonable to expect continued growth. Which stocks are best placed to take advantage of residential construction growth? Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW)Masco Corp. (NYSE:MAS), and Owens Corning(NYSE:OC) are three well-positioned names; here's why.

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3 Commercial Construction Stocks to Buy

With optimism high for an infrastructure stimulus, ongoing strength in the residential sector, and improving industrial production in the U.S., expectations for a strong commercial construction market in 2017 are well founded. But which stocks to buy? United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX)Ingersoll-Rand (NYSE:IR), and Allegion (NYSE:ALLE) are attractive stocks for investors looking for exposure. Here's why.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Can GE Hit its Target of $2 in EPS by 2018?

General Electric Company (NYSE:GE) set to abandon its target of $2 in operating EPS (earnings per share) by 2018? It surely wouldn't be a welcome event: Just ask investors in International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) after the IT giant abandoned, in late 2014, its target of EPS of $20 by 2015. IBM's decision followed its coming to terms with fundamental declines in its legacy businesses; the stock is still below the level it traded at before the announcement was made. Is GE experiencing the same problems?

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Rockwell Automation's Lucky Quarter?

Rockwell Automation's (NYSE:ROK) recent first-quarter earnings report had more than its fair share of bullish signals to encourage investors in the stock. Indeed, Rockwell looks well-placed in an environment in which most forecasters are predicting a pickup in North American industrial production. So is it time to pile into the stock? Let's look at the cases for and against.

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Ingersoll-Rand is a Buy

Given the market's exuberance about the prospect of an industrial renaissance following President Donald Trump's election victory, it's becoming harder and harder to find industrial stocks at a good value. However, Ingersoll-Rand Plc (NYSE:IR) trades at a discount to its peers and offers investors a compelling mix of near- and long-term value creation prospects. In short, it's a smart buy for investors. Here's why.

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Monday, April 10, 2017

FedEx Corporation Earnings Analysis

The third-quarter results from FedEx Corporation (NYSE:FDX) look horrible on a superficial basis, but the devil is in the details, and a deeper analysis shows them to be solid. Moreover, management's outlook contained a number of positive points that should encourage investors. Let's take a look at the numbers from the earnings report and what they mean.

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Is Caterpillar Stock a Buy?

The stock market and Caterpillar Inc.  management appear to be taking a different tone with regard to the construction machinery giant's outlook for 2017. The stock is up nearly 60% since the start of 2016 and now trades at a forward P/E ratio of 30. Clearly, the market is expecting a strong recovery in the coming years, but management's recent commentary has been somewhat more cautionary. What's going on, and who is right?

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General Electric's Capital Arm

It's well known that General Electric Company  is shifting back to its industrial roots with CEO Jeff Immelt planning to generate 90% of the company's earnings from its digital industrial businesses by 2018. As such, GE Capital assets have been sold off to banks like Wells Fargo & Co and Capital One Financial Corp., while the highly successful Synchrony Financial spinoff also saw General Electric jettisoning financial businesses. With all of this going on, it's easy to forget that the company still has a capital arm, and it happens to be a key part of its future. Here's how and why.

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Oil Stock Crisis in the 1970s: The Key Lessons

The shocks to oil prices created by the Arab oil embargo in 1973 and the revolution in Iran in 1979 had far reaching consequences that still affect investor thinking today. Analyzing the aftermath of the ensuing energy crisis and stagflation (high inflation with stagnant growth) leads to one key conclusion oil stock pickers need to be aware of: the demand for oil is not price inelastic.

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Time to Buy Owens Corning Stock?

Buying a stock at an all-time high naturally invokes a kind of fear, but how about adopting Oscar Wilde's advice: believing that the cynics know the price of everything but the value of nothing? Despite its stock being at an all-time high, roofing and insulation materials company Owens Corning looks like a good value, and a great stock to play the housing recovery.

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What United Technologies Management Wants You to Know

Anyone following or invested in United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX) knows that it faces near-term headwinds as the management team engages in positioning the company for long-term growth. So, it's important to monitor how well management is achieving their strategic aims, and how what they said might have a direct relevance to peers Ingersoll-Rand Plc (NYSE:IR) and Watsco Inc. (NYSE:WSO). With this in mind, let's take a look at five key takeaways from the recent investor and analyst meeting.

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Deere & Company Retail Sales

Deere & Company (NYSE:DE) has released commentary on its retail sales data for February. According to Deere, its February retail sales did better than the industry in all the two-wheel drive categories but worse in four-wheel drives and combines.
The chart below shows industry retail sales, so it's also relevant for investors in Deere's peers as well. The monthly numbers can bounce around a lot, so the chart shows the average of the last three months for selected data. As you can see, smaller tractors continue to do well, but the industry is still experiencing significant declines in its more profitable larger agricultural machinery sales.
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Is 3M Co a Good Buy For Income Investors?

3M Co.  has increased its dividend for 59 years in a row and is one of the most highly regarded stocks in the industrial sector. That said, any investment analysis of a stock's value must be forward-thinking, as well as mindful of the company's history. The key question is whether 3M can be relied upon to deliver for income investors in the future or not. Let's take a look at what it means to invest in 3M stock.

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