NEW YORK, March 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Today, Investors Alliance announced new research reports highlighting Honeywell International Inc. (NYSE: HON), Liberty Global Inc. (NASDAQ: LBTYA), Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR), The Home Depot, Inc. (NYSE:HD) and Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW). Today's readers may access these reports free of charge - including full price targets, industry analysis and analyst ratings - via the links below.
Honeywell International Inc. Research Report
Things are also strong for Honeywell, after it reported that profits that are above Wall Street estimates. Its materials unit topped all other segments in terms of sales growth, up 8 percent. This unit supplies chemicals and equipment used in oil and gas production. Since US oil production is increasing at a substantial rate, it is understandable how this segment did well in the recent quarter. The company was also granted patent protection for its avionics display system, a system that includes navigation, communications and display systems that will easily provide flight information to pilots and crewmembers. Embraer has signed a $2.8 billion contract with Honeywell for this technology and will use it to develop a second-generation E-Jet aircraft family and it. Honeywell CEO David Cote warns, however, that uncertain macroeconomic conditions could change the fate of technology manufacturers. He calls for policy leaders to address the nation's rising debt load by cutting government spending. While he admits that cuts in the country's defense budget could hurt his company, he also argues it will be more than overshadowed by the benefits that the country can get in the coming years by having another trillion dollars of debt reduction. With strategic acquisitions and advancements in product development, this company provides stability despite uncertain economic conditions within the country. Now would be a good time to look at this company given their strong prospects. The Full Research Report on Honeywell International Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/86a4_HON]
Liberty Global Inc. Research Report
US cable TV giant Liberty Global Inc. recently announced its acquisition of British cable TV operator, Virgin Media Inc., in a $16 billion deal. This acquisition will be one of the largest cable deals of all time. By acquiring Virgin Media, Europe's largest cable market, Liberty Global will be able to challenge British Sky Broadcasting for dominance in Europe. Liberty Global is known as America's King of Cable, now it is also gaining the title in Europe. According to Liberty Global's president and chief executive, Mike Fries, "Virgin Media will add significant scale and a first-class management team in Europe's largest and most dynamic media and communications market." After the deal, the company will be serving 25 million customers in 14 countries, overtaking the world's leading cable TV operator, ComCast. American media giants are taking advantage of stagnant advertising revenue in Europe by moving into the territory. The acquisition of Virgin Media is just part of Liberty Global's expansion in Europe. The company has also bought two German cable TV operators to build its operations in Europe's largest economy. Even before the deal, Liberty Global is already known as the largest cable operator in Europe, with 18.4 million subscribers. The company was put into that position by going on a decade-long acquisition spree spanning 11 countries in the continent. Analysts say that this European expansion will give Liberty Global a more focused strategy in a market with high disposable income. Furthermore, the Virgin Media acquisition may strengthen the company's superior asset portfolio diversity and growth prospects compared with its rivals. After announcing the deal, Liberty Global reported a 23 percent increase in its Q4 operating income, and 9 percent increase for the whole year of 2012. The deal is subject to majority shareholder approvals from both companies and is expected to close in Q2 2013. The Full Research Report on Liberty Global Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/8649_LBTYA]
Charter Communications, Inc. Research Report
Also playing in the cable TV M&A field is Charter Communications, Inc. Rumors have been going around that the company may be preparing for a deal with Time Warner Cable. The company's shares rose at $83.55 on February 5. Being undervalued, analysts see this stock as a possible acquisition target. Earlier in December 2012, analysts have already predicted that Time Warner is likely to buy Charter Communications. The former company has had difficulty maintaining video subscriptions due to increasing competition from telcos and satellite TV services, and the latter company is a likely candidate to be purchased. Losing more than 20 percent of its subscriber over the past decade, it will need more funds to improve on that record. The Full Research Report on Charter Communications, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/26f2_CHTR]
The Home Depot, Inc. Research Report
Home Depot saw its shares skyrocket to nearly 47 percent in 2012, as it posted 10 percent more profits in Q4 of fiscal year 2012 year-over-year. It has also been actively buying back shares, purchasing nearly $2.6 million worth of shares in the first 10 months of 2012. Another is its low risk status, having a 0.61 debt to equity ratio and the dividend is safely covered by its free cash flow. The company also plans to bring in more than 80,000 seasonal workers in the wake of its busiest season, or 14 percent more than what they hired a year ago. This move is expected to bring in 10 percent more sales for Q4, the biggest quarterly gain since 2007. According to a report from Motley Fool, shareholders should expect substantial gains in the company's upcoming earnings report for the fourth quarter, as the Christmas season and the continuing growth in home prices should help rake in sales and cash flow. The Full Research The Home Depot, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/1771_HD]
Lowe's Companies, Inc. Research Report
Lowe's posted a whopping 94.44 percent growth in earnings and stock surged 42 percent over the past year. Net income grew 75.5 percent in Q4 of 2012 compared to the same period last year, while revenue growth is 1.9 percent higher for the quarter year-over-year. The company last year unveiled two versions of Iris, a system that allows homeowners to monitor their homes via wireless connectivity on their tablet or smartphone, which could generate additional profits. Like Home Depot, they will be bringing in a larger number of seasonal employees, albeit at only more than half of Home Depot's at 45,000, but is 13 percent higher year-over-year. The Street rates Lowe's at a "buy" rating, stating that the above mentioned positives more than outweigh its high debt management risk. The Full Research Report on Lowe's Companies, Inc. - including full detailed breakdown, analyst ratings and price targets - is available to download free of charge at: [http://www.Investors-Alliance.com/r/full_research_report/bccb_LOW]
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