Agilent (A) continues to outpace the market, after more than doubling the return of the S&P 500 in 2017. A main driver of the outperformance largely comes from multiple expansion, as shares continue to trade at a lofty 33 times GAAP earnings. Management over at Agilent also provides "non-GAAP" earnings-per-share numbers (as well as guidance) that it thinks better reflects the firm's true underlying earnings power.
After recently writing an article on Toro (TTC), I decided next to look at a similar (and arguably more iconic) company - Deere (DE). Both companies earn high returns on equity, so I'll examine this metric first. I created the below Duponts (and all other charts and graphs, unless otherwise noted) using data from 10-k forms related to both DE and TTC.
Toro (NYSE:TTC) is sitting on my watch list as a great business that's unfortunately trading at valuations that I think are just too steep. It recently wrapped up its fiscal 2017, and with shares still off by almost 12% from their 52-week highs, now seems like a good time to revisit the company. Fiscal 2017 brought in decade-high returns on invested capital for Toro, coming in at more than double its ROIC in 2009 and 2010.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".