The industrial sector has taken a beating so far in 2015 and Eaton Corporation (NYSE:ETN) hasn't escaped the damage with the share price declining 26% from its high reached in May of this year. Of course, Mr. Market is a bit irrational from time to time and there's a big difference between value and price. Eaton Corporation is attractive for a long term investor at current prices. Eaton Corporation closed trading on Wednesday, August 26th at $54.57 giving a current yield of 4.03%.
The following tables/graphs are taken from my personal stock analysis spreadsheet. Data for the stock analysis was sourced from Eaton Corporation's investor relations page, Morningstar, and Yahoo Finance.
Historic Growth Rates:
Historically, owners of Eaton Corporation have earned average returns. According to longrundata.com, ETN has delivered investors a total return of 117.7% or 8.1% annualized returns over the last 10 years. Those numbers are market returns at specific snapshots in time and aren't necessarily indicative of the business results over the same time period. Looking at the historic growth rates for per share dividends, earnings, revenue, and free cash flow gives a better idea of the true operational results that Eaton has delivered.
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