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A Trio of Strong Performers

The following companies have performed very well so far this year, as well as over the past several years.

These securities have received high ranks from GuruFocus in regard to their profitability, increasing the likelihood they will continue to generate positive margins and grow shareholder value.

Further, sell-side analysts on Wall Street have issued positive recommendation ratings ranging between overweight and buy, which bolsters expectations.


Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) shares have climbed 45% so far this year, 16.7% over the last 52 weeks and 147.6% over the past five years through Sept. 19. The company doesn't pay a dividend.

Shares of the Menlo Park, California-based social media giant closed at $190.14 on Thursday for a market capitalization of $542.46 billion.

The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 32.22, a price-sales ratio of 8.75 and a price-book ratio of 6.11, suggesting, along with the Peter Lynch chart, that the stock is not cheap.

GuruFocus assigned a rating of 8.6 out of 10 for the company's financial strength and a 9 out of 10 rating for its profitability and growth.

Wall Street issued a buy recommendation rating with an average target price of $236.23.

Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) shares have increased 32.6% year to date, 42% over the last 52 weeks and 43.7% over the past five years through Sept. 19. The company has paid dividends since Feb. 14, 1986.

On Aug. 15, the Cincinnati-based household and personal products manufacturer paid a quarterly dividend of 74.6 cents per common share, generating a forward dividend yield of 2.46% versus the S&P 500 Index's yield of 1.87% as of Sept. 19.

Shares closed at $121.9 on Thursday for a market capitalization of $305.07 billion. It has a price-earnings ratio of 89.61, a price-sales ratio of 4.67 and a price-book ratio of 6.58, suggesting the stock is not cheap. The Peter Lynch chart also indicates the stock is expensive.

GuruFocus assigned a rating of 6.3 out of 10 for the company's financial strength and a 7 out of 10 rating for its profitability and growth.

Wall Street issued an overweight recommendation rating with an average target price of $125.19.

The Walt Disney Co.'s (NYSE:DIS) stock has gained 21.6% year to date, 20.7% over the last 52 weeks and 49.3% over the past five years through Sept. 19. The company has paid dividends since April 7, 1986.

Currently, the Burbank, California-based media and entertainment conglomerate pays a semiannual dividend of 88 per common share. The dividend produces a forward dividend yield of 1.29% versus the S&P 500's yield of 1.87%.

Shares closed at $133.3 on Thursday for a market capitalization of $240.12 billion. The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 16.8, a price-sales ratio of 3.27 and a price-book ratio of 2.67. These ratios and the Peter Lynch chart suggest Walt Disney is not trading cheaply.

GuruFocus assigned a rating of 4.8 out of 10 for the company's financial strength and a 7 out of 10 rating for its profitability and growth.

Wall Street issued a buy recommendation rating with an average target price of $155.25.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any securities mentioned.

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