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|Friday, December 09, 2011|
BY BRANDON SAWYER, Oregon Business research editor
At the mercy of markets behaving like packs of lemmings, Oregon’s top publicly traded stocks have not necessarily been valued for their quarterly performance of late, but earnings rose in the most recent quarters for eight of the top 10 largest companies by revenue.
The value of Oregon’s largest by far in terms of market cap, Nike ($44.1b) sprinted ahead 11.5% over the past three months, assisted by a substantial 15.4% boost in quarterly net income and earnings per share (EPS) of $1.36.
Nike and Precision Castparts also lead Oregon’s publicly traded companies for quarterly revenue. They and all but two – Portland General Electric and TriQuint Semiconductor – of the top 10 increased their revenue over the same quarter last year.
Of the top 10, railcar-manufacturer Greenbrier had the largest jump in quarterly revenue, 339.4% and a 63.9% net income increase. But Schnitzer Steel had the biggest rise in net income, 110.9%. Chainsaw-maker Blount had a 31.0% increase in revenue, third-best, but suffered a 30.8% drop in earnings, joining PGE and TriQuint for the three companies with lower net income compared to the same quarter last year.
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