With half of 2012 in the record books, it's important to take a look at whether the stocks that interest you can live up to their full potential. By making sure you know about a company's future plans and possible challenges, you can make a better decision about whether it's a smart investment for your portfolio.
Today, let's take a look at Manitowoc
Stats on Manitowoc
|Average Stock Price Target||$16.35|
|2012 EPS Estimate||$0.79|
|2013 EPS Estimate||$1.45|
|2012 Sales Growth Estimate||11.1%|
|2013 Sales Growth Estimate||12%|
|CAPS Rating (out of 5)||****|
Source: Yahoo! Finance.
What will the rest of 2012 bring for Manitowoc?
The construction industry has been hot, and so you'd think that Manitowoc would have benefited greatly from surging global construction activity in recent years. But unlike Caterpillar
As a result, how Manitowoc does for the rest of the year depends largely on what happens to European economies. With some calls for a recession there, Manitowoc may not see a rebound for some time.
But the company isn't standing still. Manitowoc is joining Caterpillar and Terex
One concern, though, is valuation. Recent weakness in net income has the company trading at more than 35 times trailing earnings. Although its forward P/E is more in line with its peers, it nevertheless puts pressure on Manitowoc to deliver better results quickly.
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