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Duke Realty Corporation (NYSE:DRE) – The company operates Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). It offers leasing property and small asset management, development, construction built to suit and other tenant related services. Its portfolio exceeds 145 million square feet with properties in 18 major markets in U.S.

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The company recently announced offering of $250 million of senior unsecured notes The funds raised from this offering are planned to be used be used for repayment of company’s near term maturities debts and to meet other corporate needs. This offering would also give the Company a much need financial and balance sheet flexibility along with ample liquidity so as to enable it to operate efficiently and to help it capitalize on potential acquisition opportunities. In January 2013 the company had raised net proceeds of $572 million from 41.4 million common equity offerings to help lower its leverage and improve coverage ratio.

DRE is currently trading around $16.50 with forward P/E for year ending 31st December 2014 at 14.88. The EPS of the company is -0.54 and has a forward dividend yield of 4.10%.

Alcoa Inc. (NYSE:AA) – Alcoa is a leading producer of primary and fabricated aluminium, and is also the world’s largest miner of Bauxite and refiner of aluminium. The company operates in four segments: Alumina, Primary Metals, Global Rolled Products, and Engineered Products and Solutions. The company has presence in 30 countries worldwide.
Alcoa has recently been named as “Most Admired Metals Company in The World”. For the Fiscal year 2012, the company had reported net income of $191 million as against $614 million for year 2011.

The stock is currently trading around $8.50 with PE ratio of 54.45 and EPS of $0.16. The stock price has fallen in 52 weeks by 18.88% on account of falling revenues but the company expects the demand and the prices of aluminium to pick up in 2013 which would improve its revenues and profits.

JOY Global Inc.(NYSE:JOY)- Joy Global Inc. engages in the manufacture and servicing of mining equipment for the extraction of coal, copper, iron ore, oil sands, and other minerals. It operates in two segments, Underground Mining Machinery and Surface Mining Equipment.

The company recently announced its first-quarter results for 2013. Net sales were reported at $1.1 billion, operating income at $221 million and income from continuing operation was $142 million or $1.33 per share. The company faces sluggish markets which can be seen from a decline in the company’s bookings. However an increase in global steel and coal production especially in India and China will have a positive impact on the company’s revenues. The company will also be undergoing a management change with its president and CEO Sutherline retiring by year end.

The stock is currently trading around $61.50 with P/E of 8.59 and EPS of 7.17.

MDU Resources Group Inc.(NYSE:MDU)- The company provides value-added natural resources products and related services that are essential to energy and transportation infrastructure, including regulated utilities and pipelines, exploration and production and construction materials and service companies.

The company recently announced a joint venture with Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. to develop, build and operate a diesel refinery in Southwestern North Dakota. For 2013 company plans to make an investment of $400 million on oil production and exploration, $252 capital budget for its electric utility business and $807 million of capital budget for its pipeline and energy services businesses.
The stock is currently trading around $24 with forward P/E for year ending 31st December 2014 at 16.88. The company has given 75 consecutive quarterly dividends with 22 consecutive years of dividend increase. Its forward indicated yield is 2.80%.

Lazard Ltd. (NYSE:LAZ) – Lazard Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a financial advisory and asset management firm. The company serves corporations, governments, institutions, partnerships, and individual clients. It operates from 42 cities across 27 countries in Europe, North America, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and Central and South Americas. The company as of 31 December 2012 had $167.1 billion in assets under management.

For 2012 fiscal year, the company reported operating revenues of $1,971 million. The company as a part of cost saving initiatives to increase profitability has saved $85 million of costs related to compensation expenses.

The stock is currently trading around $36with P/E ratio of 55.89 and EPS of $0.65. The Beta Coefficient of the stock is 1.49 and an indicated annual yield of 0.80.

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