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What: Shares of vet services specialist VCA Antech
So what: While VCA's fourth-quarter profit declined from the year-ago period, to $0.25 per share, it still managed to top the average analyst estimate of just $0.21 per share. Strong double-digit revenue growth from its animal hospital segment helped fuel the earnings beat, as recent hospital acquisitions are beginning to pay off.
Now what: VCA remains a decent opportunity. The shares might be rallying right now, but when you factor in today's full-year guidance boost, VCA currently sports a forward P/E of about 17. That's not exactly dirt cheap, but with historical operating margins more than double that of big rival PetSmart
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