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What: Shares of Goodyear Tire & Rubber (NYSE: GT ) jumped 10% today after a strong earnings report showed that its net income nearly doubled for the quarter.
So what: Confirming the reports of Ford (NYSE: F ) and other automotive companies that have already posted quarterly earnings, Goodyear followed a pattern of great results in North America and miserable ones in Europe. Operating profit in North America rose 37% to $188 million, a record for the company, but sank 85% across the Atlantic to just $19 million. Companywide operating income actually declined about 12%, but other accounting-related expenses dropped significantly, boosting the bottom line. The manufacturer posted earnings of $0.57 a share, easily above analyst estimates of $0.45.
Now what: The North American recovery wasn't the only explanation for the company's improved bottom line. Overall revenue dropped 9% year over year, but increased sales of more expensive tires and the closing of a high-cost plant in Tennessee helped to drive profits. For the full year, the company expects overall tire sales to be down 5% to 7%, but while product sales may be down, margins are improving across the board. Management acknowledged near-term challenges, but at current analyst estimates the stock trades at a P/E of just 5.8 at this year's expected earnings. Now could be a great time to get in on a solid brand that seems to have finally figured out how to control its costs. Any further improvement in the global economy should only send Goodyear shares higher.
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