The first half of 2012 is in the rearview mirror, and investors are gearing up for what looks to be an action-packed ending. There are bound to be some big winners -- and more than a few duds -- no matter what happens in the United States and abroad.
Will your favorite stock have its victory lap as we hit the home stretch, or will it get lapped? First-half performances can hold some clues, so let's look to the recent past to find out whether Westport Innovations
Westport has been on a roller coaster this year, cresting at more than a 40% gain before plunging precipitously. The stock's still positive for the year, but it hasn't recaptured its former highs:
Here are a few key metrics regarding its recent performance:
|Market Cap||$2 billion|
|TTM Revenue||$204 million|
|TTM Net Loss||($51 million)|
|TTM Free Cash Flow||($59 million)|
|MRQ Revenue||$89 million|
|MRQ Net Loss||($23 million)|
|MRQ Free Cash Flow||($17 million)|
|MRQ Revenue/Net Income Year-Over-Year Change||122.5%/(64.3%)|
|Motley Fool CAPS Rating (out of 5)||*****|
Source: Morningstar. TTM = trailing-12-month. MRQ = most recent quarterly.
What the numbers don't tell you
Clean Energy Fuels
Westport and Cummins'
The Cummins-Westport-Navistar honeymoon didn't last very long, though. Shortly after the NAT GAS Act went down in flames, Cummins announced its intent to build its own nat-gas engine without Westport's help. Downward pressure continued in May, when a weak first-quarter report sent shares to their 2012 lows.
Going forward, shareholders should watch for other major partnerships and supply arrangements. Big shifts in the price of natural gas should also be of particular interest, as a big driver of Westport's appeal is the relatively lower expense of nat-gas fuel compared to gasoline and diesel. Fellow Fool Travis Hoium points out that we've got too much natural gas already, and offers a chart noting the steady decline in nat-gas drilling rigs over the last few years.
Westport also happens to be a very popular stock for the shorts, so its upcoming earnings report could see a huge movement in either direction.
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