Illinois Tool Works, Inc.

  • What To Expect From an Investment in Illinois Tool Works

    By joshua kubiak - August 6, 2013 | Tickers: GE, HON, ITW | Editor's Choice

    Despite missing analysts' expected earnings and revenues this quarter, Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW) surpassed everyone's expectations by recently announcing the authorization of a $6 billion buyback plan and a 10% increase in the quarterly dividend. Based on today's market cap, $6 billion is good for 20% of the company and a major catalyst for future returns.  

    Below, I have provided a review of the company's cash more »

  • Here’s A Fundamental Metric That You Should Monitor

    By Brian Nichols - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: ITW, IP, NP, SWK

    Retail dividend investors often fall into the trap of only seeking stocks that pay high yields with regular rises in the quarterly dividend. However, investors must also consider if the dividend is sustainable in the event of macro issues; is the company leaving enough income to reinvest in growth; and if room exists to increase the yield even further. A good way to answer these questions is by comparing payout more »

  • Why These Great Industrial Stocks Should Be In Your Portfolio

    By Bob Ciura - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: MMM, DOV, ITW

    America’s biggest industrials will probably never receive much attention from the financial media. Whereas today’s market headlines are reserved for social media stocks and technology start-ups that are sure to lead the investing world into the future, boring old industrials are often left out in the cold.

    However, that doesn’t mean these companies haven’t earned a place in your portfolio. Far from it—in fact, these more »

  • Dividend Achievers for the Long Haul, Part 3

    By Greg Williamson - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: AOS, ITW, WAG

    This is part 3 (click here to view part 2 ) of a series of articles focusing on companies within the dividend achievers index. This index consists of companies with a streak of at least 10 consecutive years of dividend increases. Most of the constituents of this index are well managed and have sustainable business models, resulting in consistent earnings growth, which is a must in order to pay a significant more »

  • Go Contrarian to Your Investing Personality

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: CTCT, ITW, RUE, WAG

    Are you a momentum chaser or a value stalker? Whichever you are, getting out of your comfort zone might improve your returns.

    Maybe you're all about the yield, all you own are REITS and MLPs, utilities and defensive staples and you wouldn't touch Amazon with a ten foot pole. Hear me out...a speck of speculation, a small position won't hurt you very much.

    Maybe you are more »

  • These Industrials Keep Cranking Out Dividends

    By Bob Ciura - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: DOV, EMR, ITW

    An old stock market adage that I tend to agree with is that when it comes to investing, boring is good. If you go through a list of the best-performing stocks of all time, you’ll find commonalities among many of the featured companies. More often than not, the companies that have richly rewarded shareholders for the longest have come from industries that are less than exciting.

    That’s why more »

  • This Technology Solutions Company Looks Cheap

    By Anh HOANG - July 8, 2013 | Tickers: ITW, JBT, MTW

    Since the middle of 2012, John Bean Technologies (NYSE: JBT) has advanced significantly, from only $13.50 per share to nearly $21.70 per share at the time of writing. Interestingly, John Bean is in the portfolio of many famous investors including Mario Gabelli, Joel Greenblatt, and small cap guru Chuck Royce. Should we follow these investment gurus into John Bean at its current trading price? Let’s find out more »

  • The 4 Best Large-Cap Industrials to Own

    By Damon Churchwell - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: GE, HON, ITW, UTX

    Which major industrial firms should one purchase to earn capital gains and dividends over the next three to five years. One way to find out is to look at the recent histories of companies and believe that the same will hold true over the long term. Using the CAPS Community stock screener, I narrowed the choices down to four manufacturing giants.

    The criteria were as follows: Return on Equity (TTM more »

  • Long-Term Growth Makes Caterpillar a Smart Buy

    By Sarah Richard - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, DE, ITW, JOY

    The worldwide economic recovery appears to be encouraging; particularly, a couple of select sectors are demonstrating optimistic signs in fiscal year 2013. The industrial goods sector is one that is likely to entice investors as the worldwide economic recovery picks up. A stronger economy should help the industry to increase profits through improvements in sales volumes rather than expense cutting.

    In this bright scenario, Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) remains one of more »

  • 5 Cheap Fast-Growing Dividends

    By Marshall Hargrave - June 3, 2013 | Tickers: APD, ITW, SWK, TGT, WMT

    Who doesn't love dividends? In looking for great dividend stocks, I've come across five cheap dividend stocks with safe dividends, where they all have a payout ratio of less than 50%. The cheapness of these stocks is in the fact that they all trade with price-to-earnings ratios of less than 16.5x, which is below the market's 19x P/E.

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  • Relational Remains Concentrated

    By Marshall Hargrave - May 27, 2013 | Tickers: HES, HPQ, ITW, IR

    The investment fund Relational Investors runs a heavy concentration, with 50% of its public-equity portfolio invested in its top four stocks. Ralph Whitworth founded Relational in 1996. The investment fund now manages some $5 billion and employs a strategic block investment strategy. Per the fund's recent quarterly filing with the SEC, outlined below are the fund's top four stock picks (check out Relational's portfolio).
    Betting on tech more »
  • Why You Should Hold Off on This Stock for Now

    By Neha Chamaria - May 21, 2013 | Tickers: CAT, ITW, MTW, MCD

    The past few weeks have been a bit of a roller-coaster ride for Manitowoc (NYSE: MTW) investors. Between mid-April and the end of the month, the stock rallied from $17 to nearly $19 when an earnings fallout sent its stock tumbling to the $17 mark again. It was just a one-day spill. The stock can kiss the $20 mark just about any time now.

    Which compels me to think – were more »

  • A Quick Look at the Diversified Machinery Sector

    By Rupert Hargreaves - May 20, 2013 | Tickers: CMI, HON, ITW

    I am always on the look out for cheap and under valued stocks, and a company that recently attracted my attention was global engine manufacturer Cummins (NYSE: CMI)

    Producer of diesel engines and related parts, Cummins has fallen out of favor with investors recently after the company reported worse than expected results for the first quarter of this year. However, after this sell-off, I believe that the company is currently more »

  • These Diversified Industrials Are Dividend Legends

    By Bob Ciura - May 17, 2013 | Tickers: DOV, ITW, SWK

    Companies within the industrial sector don’t have exciting businesses. They aren’t likely to be featured in the financial media as the next hot sector or major growth story. At the same time, they provide necessary functions to our society. They manufacture and distribute real, tangible things that build our very infrastructure and contribute heavily to the economy.

    While no one is likely to be excited by these businesses more »

  • Good Dividends in Diversified Machinery

    By Chris Hodge - April 29, 2013 | Tickers: GE, HUB-B, ITW

    Machinery companies are some of the cornerstones of our economy. They produce what we use every day, help our police and military to keep us safe and provide potentially awesome returns to us shareholders. But in my opinion, the best returns are solid dividends that I can reinvest over the long term. 

    Storied history

    General Electric (NYSE: GE) is a massive company with a storied history and a high ranking more »

  • The Search of a Well Oiled Machine

    By Chris Hodge - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: ITW, PLL, ROP

    I like machinery manufacturer stocks to a point. On the one hand, the fact that they tend to service long-term contracts means that their business model is more stable than, say consumer electronics companies. I like stability and plenty of profitability, so I'm going to check out some companies that appear very profitable and try to determine whether this trend is likely to continue. I'm even trying to more »

  • The Search for a Well Oiled Machine

    By Chris Hodge - April 4, 2013 | Tickers: ITW, PLL, ROP

    I like machinery manufacturer stocks to a point. On the one hand, the fact that they tend to service long-term contracts means that their business model is more stable than, say consumer electronics companies. I like stability and plenty of profitability, so I'm going to check out some companies that appear very profitable and try to determine whether this trend is likely to continue. I'm even trying to more »

  • Tinker, Tailor and Soldier Stocks

    By Michael Ugulini - March 28, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, ITW, LMT

    When tracking down investment opportunities, it sometimes takes the perseverance and perceptiveness of an undercover agent, especially with the chill winds that sometimes blow across the major indices. Consider the following trio that could have you coming in from the cold and right back at your computer for further due diligence.

    Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW) makes it possible for businesses to tinker effectively, via their product offerings. The company more »

  • After Record Earnings and a Price Surge, Is this Stock still a Buy?

    By Alex Bastardas - March 26, 2013 | Tickers: ITW, R

    Park-Ohio Holdings (NASDAQ: PKOH) engages in industrial supply chain logistics and diversified manufacturing, with a focus on supply management, aluminum component manufacturing and engineered industrial products. Its main competitors include Ryder System (NYSE: R)and Illinois Tool Works (NYSE: ITW)

    On March 4th, Park-Ohio reported record revenue and net income for 2012, and issued guidance stating that revenue for 2013 would be around 8% higher. Company officials also indicated more »

  • This Block Investor Likes Industrials

    By Marshall Hargrave - March 22, 2013 | Tickers: ANF, FLS, HES, ITW, MTW

    Relational Investors, founded by Ralph Whitworth in 1996, employs a block investing strategy. Block investing is a spin on "activist" investing, being a more "company friendly" approach to enacting change at companies. These investors generally purchase large blocks of shares and engage with company management to unlock shareholder value. 

    Relational made a couple of notable investments during the fourth quarter, including buying up a notable crane company and having over more »
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