Coventry A Strong Buy at Zacks and 2 More Stocks at 52-week Highs Friday

Norfolk Southern Corporation (NYSE:NSC) Closing price $76.81

TheStreet Ratings has reiterated the shares as Buy, with a ratings score of A-, with analysts commenting that “The company’s strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.” Shares closed up 0.81 percent on Friday at $76.81, and have been traded in a 52-week range of $56.05 to $78.08.

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Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE:KMB): Closing price $101.27

Kimberly-Clark has been ranked Number. 18 among the ”100 Best Corporate Citizens,” marking its fifth straight year in the top 20 on the list published this week in the current issue ofCorporate Responsibility Magazine. Ranking criteria included human rights, environmental responsibility, and corporate governance. Shares closed up 0.11 percent on the day at $101.27, having been traded between $74.01 and $101.68 in the past 52 weeks.

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Coventry Health Care (NYSE:CVH): Closing price $49.27

Shares were upgraded on Friday at Zacks Equity Research to a Zacks Rank Number 1 (Strong Buy). Reasons given were as follows: “Coventry has strong fundamentals, including rising revenues, strong balance sheet, efficient capital deployment and stable ratings. Moreover, the company is improving its operating efficiencies through acquisitions and expansions. The impending acquisition by Aetna (NYSE:AET) is also expected to be beneficial for the company. It will allow the company to cater to a larger market and open avenues for future partnerships to improve the quality and affordability of its services.” Shares closed up 0.10 percent on the day at $49.27, and have been traded in a 52-week range of $27.72 to $49.30.

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