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AIRGAS INC (ARG) Price: $68.38 Industry: Chemicals Chaikin Power Gauge Report | Generated: Thu Jun 23 13:39 EDT 2011 ARG AIRGAS INC $68.38 Power Gauge Rating ARG - Bullish TM The Chaikin Power Gauge Rating for ARG is bullish due to very positive expert opinions. The rating also reflects poor financial metrics and bearish price/volume activity. Financial Metrics Expert opinions about ARG are very positive which is evidenced by analysts Earnings Performance revising earnings estimates upward and insiders purchasing stock. Price/Volume Activity Expert Opinions News Sentiment Rating Bearish ARG AIRGAS INC June 15, 2011 TM Chaikin Sentiment Gauge for ARG is bearish. There is currently a significant negative sentiment within news stories concerning ARG. News Sentiment :Negative Power Trend - 5 Year Chart The Power Gauge distills a 20 factor model into a concise picture of a stocks potential. High Potential Neutral Low PotentialI want to receive special offers about trading stocks with your brokerage partner, optionsXpress. Click here www.chaikinpowertools.com
Financials & Earnings Financial Metrics Financial Metrics Rating LT Debt/Equity Ratio Bearish Price to Book Value ARGs financial metrics are poor. The company is carrying too much long term debt and may be overvalued. Return on Equity The rank is based on a high long term debt to equity ratio, high price to book value ratio, high return on equity and high price to sales ratio. Price to Sales Ratio Business Value Assets and Liabilities Valuation Returns Ratio TTM Ratio TTM Ratio TTM Current Ratio 1.99 Price/Book 3.32 Return on Invest 7.9% LT Debt/Equity 1.06 Price/Sales 1.26 Return on Equity 15.1% Earnings Performance Earnings Performance Rating Earnings Growth Neutral Earnings Surprise ARGs earnings performance has been neutral. The company has a stable 5 year earnings trend and is priced relatively high compared to next years projected EPS. Earnings Trend The rank is based on a relatively high projected P/E ratio and consistent earnings Projected P/E Ratio over the past 5 years. Earnings Consistency 5 Year Revenue and Earnings Growth EPS Estimates 03/07 03/08 03/09 03/10 03/11 Factor Actual EPS Prev EST EPS Current Change Revenue(M) 3,205.05 4,017.02 4,349.46 3,864.00 4,251.47 Quarterly EPS $0.78 $0.96 +0.18 Rev % Growth 13.27% 25.33% 8.28% -11.16% 10.03% Yearly EPS $2.99 $3.88 +0.89 EPS $1.98 $2.74 $3.19 $2.39 $2.99 Factor Actual EPS Growth Est EPS Growth Change EPS % Growth 22.98% 38.38% 16.42% -25.08% 25.10% 3-5 year EPS 9.15% 14.28% +5.13 EPS Surprise EPS Quarterly Results Estimate Actual Difference % Difference FY Qtr 1 Qtr 2 Qtr 3 Qtr 4 Total Latest Qtr $0.85 $0.88 $0.03 3.53 03/08 $0.83 $0.88 $0.77 $0.69 $3.17 1 Qtr Ago $0.79 $0.80 $0.01 1.27 03/09 $0.67 $0.67 $0.57 $0.48 $2.39 2 Qtr Ago $0.81 $0.83 $0.02 2.47 03/10 $0.78 $0.80 $0.66 $0.76 $3.00 3 Qtr Ago $0.71 $0.83 $0.12 16.90 Fiscal Year End Month is March. I want to receive special offers about trading stocks with your brokerage partner, optionsXpress. Click here www.chaikinpowertools.com
Price Trend & Expert Opinions Price/Volume Activity Price/Volume Activity Rating Relative Strength vs Market Bearish Chaikin Money Flow Price and volume activity for ARG is bearish. ARG is trading on lower volume than its 90 day average volume and is in a decelerating price trend compared to 4 Price Trend months ago. Price Trend ROC The rank for ARG is based on its price strength versus the market, positive Chaikin money flow, a positive Chaikin price trend and a decreasing volume trend. Volume Trend Relative Strength vs S&P500 Index Chaikin Money Flow Chart shows whether ARG is performing better or worse than the market. Chaikin Money Flow analyzes supply and demand for a companys stock. Price Activity Price Activity Volume Activity Factor Value Factor Value Factor Value 52 Week High 71.00 % Change Price - 4 Weeks 0.62% Average Volume 20 Days 780,279 52 Week Low 60.87 % Change Price - 24 Weeks 7.80% Average Volume 90 Days 1,232,484 % Change YTD Rel S&P 500 5.02% % Change Price - 4 Wks Rel to S&P 3.22% Chaikin Money Flow Persistency 73% % Change Price - 24 Wks Rel to S&P 6.92% Expert Opinions Expert Opinions Earnings Estimate Revisions Very Bullish Short Interest Expert opinions about ARG are very positive. Analysts are raising their EPS estimates for ARG and insiders are net buyers of ARGs stock. Insider Activity The rank for ARG is based on analysts revising earnings estimates upward, a low short interest ratio, insiders purchasing stock, optimistic analyst opinions and Analyst Opinions price strength of the stock versus the Chemicals industry group. Relative Strength vs Industry Earnings Estimate Revisions Analyst Recommendations EPS Estimates Revision Summary Current 7 Days Ago % Change Factor Value Last Week Last 4 Weeks Current Qtr 0.96 0.96 0.00% Mean this Week Buy Up Down Up Down Next Qtr 0.98 0.98 0.00% Mean Last Week Buy Curr Qtr 0 0 0 0 Curr Yr 0 0 0 0 Current 30 Days Ago % Change Change 0.00 Next Qtr 0 0 0 0 Current FY 3.88 3.88 0.00 Mean 5 Weeks Ago Buy Next Yr 0 0 0 0 I want to receive special offers about trading stocks with your brokerage partner, optionsXpress. Click here www.chaikinpowertools.com
The Company & Its Competitors ARGs Competitors in Chemicals News Headlines for ARG Company Power Historic EPS Projected EPS Profit Margin PEG PE Revenue(M) Air Products acquires semiconductor company - Gauge growth growth Jun 15, 2011 ARG 9.15% 14.28% 5.87% 1.23 20.47 4,251 Airgas Acquires Gas and Welding Distributor DD 4.98% 9.22% 9.82% 1.50 14.30 32,733 ABCO, In - May 31, 2011 Airgas Issues $250 Million of 2.95% Senior DOW 4.03% 7.00% 4.49% 1.77 15.18 53,674 Notes Due 2016 - May 31, 2011 PPG 7.61% 9.00% 6.99% 1.48 14.92 13,423 Airgas buys Pain Enterprises - May 9, 2011 Airgas 4Q profit rises 56 pct; buyback announced - May 5, 2011 Company Details Company Profile AIRGAS INC Airgas, Inc., through its subsidiaries, is the largest U.S. distributor of industrial, medical, 259 N. RADNOR-CHESTER ROAD and specialty gases, and hardgoods, such as welding equipment and supplies. Airgas is SUITE 100 also the third-largest U.S. distributor of safety products, the largest U.S. producer of RADNOR, PA 19087 nitrous oxide and dry ice, the largest liquid carbon dioxide producer in the Southeast, and USA a leading distributor of process chemicals, refrigerants, and ammonia products. More Phone: 6106875253 than eleven thousand employees work in about nine hundred locations including Fax: 610-225-3271 branches, retail stores, gas fill plants, specialty gas labs, production facilities and Website: distribution centers. Airgas also distributes its products and services through eBusiness, http://http://www.airgas.com catalog and telesales channels. Its national scale and strong local presence offer a Full Time Employees: 14,000 competitive edge to its diversified customer base. Sector: Basic Materials Power Gauge Ratings are created using a relative ranking system that assigns a rank of 0 to 100 (100 being the highest) to each stock in the universe. Rank is calculated by evaluating each of the stocks factors and combining them into a single number using a weighting formula. A stocks rank ranges from 100-0, where 100 is the strongest, and a rank of 95 indicates the stock is better than 95% of the stocks in the universe. Chaikin Stock Research(CSR) is not registered as a securities broker dealer or investment advisor with either the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission or with any state securities regulatory authority. CSR is not responsible for trades executed by users of this research report, our web site or mobile app based on the information included herein. The information presented in this report does not represent a recommendation to buy or sell stocks or any financial instrument nor is it intended as an endorsement of any security or investment. The information in this report is generic by nature and is not personalized to the specific financial situation of any individual. The user bears complete responsibility for their own investment research and should seek the advice of a qualified investment professional before making any investment decisions. Copyright (c) 1978-(Present) by ZACKS Investment Research, Inc ("ZACKS"). The information, data, analyses and opinions contained herein (1) includes the confidential and proprietary information of ZACKS, (2) may not be copied or redistributed, for any purpose, (3) does not constitute investment advice offered by ZACKS, (4) are provided solely for informational purposes, and (5) are not warranted or represented to be correct, complete, accurate or timely. ZACKS shall not be responsible for investment decisions, damages or other losses resulting from, or related to, use of this information, data, analyses or opinions. Past performance is no guarantee of future performance. ZACKS is not affiliated with Chaikin Power Tools. This report from Chaikin Power Tools is for informational purposes only and is not a recommendation to buy or sell securities. LM 2.3 DS 3.0 LS 2.1 Data Provided by ZACKS Investment Research, Inc., www.zacks.com Special offers to trade stocks from optionsXpress: www.chaikinpowertools.com