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Zacks Bull and Bear of the Day Highlights: PerkinElmer, Advance Auto Parts,SurModics, 3M Company and Johnson & Johnson
By: PR Newswire
Nov. 23, 2012 09:30 AM
CHICAGO, Nov. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Zacks Equity Research highlights PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE:PKI) as the Bull of the Day and Advance Auto Parts (NYSE:AAP) as the Bear of the Day. In addition, Zacks Equity Research provides analysis on SurModics Inc. (Nasdaq:SRDX), 3M Company (NYSE:MMM) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ).
Full analysis of all these stocks is available at http://at.zacks.com/?id=2678.
Here is a synopsis of all five stocks:
We upgrade our recommendation on PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE:PKI) to Outperform based on its third quarter results. Earnings per share of $0.45 surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny. PerkinElmer is a leader in several life science segments.
It has added new related areas as part of its reorganization and divested unrelated businesses. As a consequence, it has emerged as a higher-growth, higher-margin company. Its operations, both sales and manufacturing, are diversified on a geographic basis. The company has implemented cost containment measures. Growing recurring revenue stream and operating margin expansion are its pillars of strength.
In the end, our Outperform recommendation is supported from a valuation perspective and a favorable risk-reward tradeoff. Based on the company's recent performance, we upgrade our price target to $38.00, which is based on a P/E of approximately 18.4x our 2012 EPS estimate.
Advance Auto Parts (NYSE:AAP) aims to improve its supply chain and vendor terms by pursuing an aggressive store expansion strategy. However, the sluggish economy, volatile gasoline prices and pricing are some of the challenges facing the company.
The company's profits fell 14.2% to $1.21 per share in the third quarter of the year due to weak sales in the cold weather markets; however, it was in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The company also lowered its earnings outlook for 2012 due to the short-term softness in sales.
Our long-term Underperform recommendation on the stock indicates that it will perform below the broader market. Our $71.00 target price, 13.9X our 2012 EPS estimate, reflects this view.
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SurModics Reverts to Neutral
We are reverting to a Neutral recommendation on SurModics Inc. (Nasdaq:SRDX) from Outperform as we believe that the stock is fairly valued at current levels. Our target price is $19.00. The stock carries a Zacks #3 Rank (Hold rating) in the short run.
Get the full analysis of all these stocks by going to http://at.zacks.com/?id=2649.
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