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A Trio of Strong Performers

The following stocks have performed very well over the past month, year and three years.

According to several ratios and the Peter Lynch chart, these stocks are not cheap, but analysts predict they will continue to perform well in the coming months.

Toyota Motor Corp. (OTCPK:TOYOF) has gained 6% over the past month, 15% so far this year, 2.2% over the last 52 weeks and 16.7% over the past three years through Aug. 2. The company paid a semi-annual dividend of 120 Japanese yen ($1.13) last May.

The Japan-based auto manufacturer was trading around $65.47 per share at close on Friday for a market capitalization of $185.17 billion.

The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 10.76, a price-book ratio of 1.03 and a price-sales ratio of 0.67, indicating, along with the Peter Lynch chart, that the stock is not expensive.

GuruFocus assigned a rating of 6 out of 10 for both the financial strength rating and the profitability and growth of the company.

Wall Street issued an overweight recommendation rating for shares of Toyota Motor Corp.

AstraZeneca PLC (AZNCF) has increased 5.4% over the past month, 19% year to date, 16% over the last 52 weeks and 29.4% over the past three years through Aug. 2. The company pays semi-annual dividends, and shareholders will receive 0.719 British pounds (87.4 cents) cash per common share on Sept. 9.

Shares of the Cambridge, U.K.-based drug manufacturer closed at $87.35 on Friday for a market capitalization of $115.15 billion.

The stock has a price-earnings ratio of 53.73, a price-sales ratio of 5.14 and a price-book ratio of 8.53. The Peter Lynch chart indicates AstraZeneca is expensive.

GuruFocus assigned a rating of 5 out of 10 for financial strength rating and of 6 out of 10 for profitability and growth of the company.

Wall Street issued an overweight recommendation rating for shares of AstraZeneca.

American Tower Corp. (NYSE:AMT) has climbed 3% over the past month, 36.1% year to date, 42.7% over the last 52 weeks and 84.7% over the past three years through Aug. 2. The company pays quarterly dividends. Shareholders were granted 92 cents cash per common share held last month.

Shares of the Boston-based wireless and broadcast communications infrastructure company closed at $215.47 on Friday for a market capitalization of $95.39 billion. It has a price-earnings ratio of 65.29, a price-book ratio of 17.35 and a price-sales ratio of 12.57. The chart of Peter Lynch indicates that the stock is expensive.

GuruFocus assigned a rating of 4 out of 10 for the financial strength and a rating of 9 out of 10 for the profitability and growth of the company.

Wall Street issued an overweight recommendation rating for shares of American Tower Corp. with an average target price of $216.43 versus Friday's closing price of $215.47.

Disclosure: I have no positions in any securities mentioned.

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