StockRank Movers - March 17th: St Patrick's Day is here

Tuesday, Mar 17 2015 by
StockRank Movers  March 17th St Patricks Day is here

The Irish will celebrate St. Patrick's Day today as their economy gathers momentum. Citigroup expects the Irish economy to grow by around 4% over the next couple of years, while the rest of the Eurozone struggles to grow faster than 2%. Exports are rising while unemployment is falling. We can mark Ireland's recent success, and celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the same time, by looking at Irish stocks with a high StockRank.

Fyffes (FQ3)

Last year, Fyffes, the Irish banana grower, was in merger negotiations with the American company, Chiquita. If the merger deal went through, Fyffes would have become the world's largest banana supplier, with €835m in annual revenues. However, back in October, Chiquita shareholders voted against a merger and the deal collapsed. The announcement sent shares in Fyffes down 5%, but did the market overreact to the bad news? 

The company has an overall StockRank of 84 and a QualityRank of 74 - comfortably within the highest third of the market. Revenues have grown each year since 2009. Profits also grew strongly in 2014, supported by volume growth and improved production efficiency in farms. Furthermore, the company's management have noted that the group was 'actively pursuing a promising number of attractive acquisition opportunities'. Brokes are getting increasingly optimistic about the future and have gradually been upping their numbers. Earnings forecasts have risen from 9c in March 2014, towards 11c by February 2015. Let's see what the future holds.

Total Produce (T70)

The Irish fruit and veg distributor, Total Produce, is Ireland's highest StockRank company, with an overall QVM rank of 96. The firm has recently faced challenges from unfavourable currency fluctuations, alongside difficult trading conditions in the Eurozone, where like-for-like revenues have more or less been flat. Total Produce faced trouble as warm weather on the continent led to oversupply and lower prices. Bad news like this may help to explain why Total Produce is relatively cheap, with a ValueRank of 78 - within the cheapest quarter of the market. 

However, the company has recently been beating the market and now trades close to its 52 week high price. Why is the market getting so excited? When the…

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Fyffes plc is a marketer and distributor of tropical produce. The Company operates through Tropical Produce activities segment. The Company operates through two divisions: Tropical Produce and Property activities. Its Property activities include its investment in Balmoral International Land Holdings plc (Balmoral), an international property company. Its Tropical Produce division is a distributor of tropical fresh produce, comprising three product categories: bananas, pineapples and melons. The primary activities of the Tropical Produce division include the production, procurement, shipping, ripening, distribution and marketing of these products. They are produced in Central and South America and distributed to the Company's customers in Europe and the United States. It owns and leases over seven banana ripening centers in the United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland and a melon distribution center in Florida. It offers product under Fyffes Blue Label brand. more »

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Total Produce plc is a fresh produce distributor in Europe. The Company is engaged in the growing, sourcing, importing, packaging, marketing and distribution of a range of fruits, vegetables and flowers. The Company's segments include Europe-Eurozone, Europe-Non-Eurozone and International. Its segments are engaged in the procurement, marketing and distribution of fresh produce and some healthfoods and consumer goods products. Its Europe-Eurozone segment is an aggregation of 12 operating segments in France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain. Its Europe-Non-Eurozone segment is an aggregation of six operating segments in Scandinavia, the United Kingdom, Poland and the Czech Republic. Its International segment is an aggregation of five operating segments in North America and India. Its subsidiaries include Total Produce Ireland Limited, which is a Fresh produce company, and Allegro Limited, which is engaged in Consumer products distribution. more »

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