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What: Shares of petroleum additives maker NewMarket (NYSE: NEU  ) soared as much as 16% today after reporting first-quarter results that blew past Wall Street estimates.

So what: NewMarket earned $3.53 per share in adjusted earnings on $508.1 million in Q1 revenue. Analysts were expecting $2.90 and $425.78 million, respectively, according to Yahoo! Finance data. Management also authorized a 36% increase in the dividend.

Now what: Interestingly, even with today's rally, NewMarket is valued at a fraction of the long-term earnings growth the Street expects. The stock's 0.74 PEG ratio reflects the potential bargain that still remains. But be careful. The PEG is an indicator and nothing more, and if used improperly, can mislead even the best investors. Commit to further study of the underlying business before you commit to buying shares.

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  • Report this Comment On April 30, 2011, at 3:49 PM, suzan300 wrote:

    I called NewMarket last week noticing the big jump in the stock. I have never called a company before, but couldn't find any news on them. The gentleman I spoke with advised that there wasn't any particular news, but that Buffet had purchased their competitor stating the competitor was undervalued.

    I decided to sell and then!!!!!!!!!! the stock price jumped again by $25 a share.

    I wasn't really happy with the answer I received from the company and certainly was unhappy that I sold "early."

    My investment company told me it had something to do with Japan's recent problems - this was denied by the company, although they do have business in Japan.

    Who can we trust???

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