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Huntington Ingalls (HII)

huntington-ingalls-hii-stockHuntington Ingalls (HII) builds and repairs ships, primarily for the U.S. Navy and the Coast Guard. Ingalls builds the giant nuclear aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines, cutters and every type of warship in between. HII also offers refueling and overhaul services for nuclear vessels.

Defense cutbacks have not been a problem for HII stock; shares more than doubled in 2013 thanks to earnings that have blown away the analyst estimates for four quarters in a row and will easily best last year’s tally once Q4 is reported. Analysts have been raising their estimates for Huntington and are expecting another big year for the company in 2014.

Portfolio Grader has noted the strong fundamentals and upgraded HII stock to an “A” last month, making it a strong buy consideration at current prices.

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