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What: Shares of engineering and construction company McDermott International
So what: The stock has been beaten over the past year on concerns over slowing drilling activity, but a big first-quarter earnings beat -- EPS from continuing operations of $0.25 versus the consensus of just $0.15 -- suggests that Wall Street's worst fears are overblown. In fact, McDermott's backlog surged 21% from the year-ago period to $5.8 billion, triggering plenty of turnaround optimism among investors.
Now what: Don't let today's pop prevent you from looking into the stock. "With record bookings, an all-time high backlog and a continued strong balance sheet, McDermott is building a solid foundation for the future," said CEO Stephen Johnson. More important, with the stock still off about 50% from its 52-week high and trading at a forward P/E of 10, you won't have to pay a high price to buy into that bullishness.
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