Monday, October 13, 2008
Arkansas is the birthplace of Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States. Arkansas’ subtropical weather sounds very inviting for those who live in regions of extreme temperatures. The state has usually mild winters, but that is not the reason why some world renowned companies call Arkansas home. Here are some interesting facts about the state:
1. Arkansas main agricultural products are chicken, rice, soybeans, and cattle and calves.
2. The north west part of the state is rich in natural gas, which is the most important mined product in the state.
3. In 2007 tourism contributed a total of $5.4 billion to the state economy.
4. Agriculture employs 275,000 in Arkansas
5. Agriculture’s contribution to the state gross domestic product is the largest of any state, 12% of Arkansas’ GDP comes directly from agricultural activities.
6. Arkansas ranks 4th for timber production
7. Arkansas’ Little Rock is ranked 22nd best place to do business.
8. Arkansas is the number one state producer of bromine.
9. Arkansas is the number producer of silica stone (and the only one).
10. The state is one of the top producers of gemstones.
The following companies are headquartered in Arkansas:
Wal-Mart (WMT) is the largest retailer worldwide. Wal-Mart sells general merchandise, electronics, fabrics, stationery, shoes, housewares, etc. The stock has a market cap of $200 billion, a PE of 15, a PEG of 1.35, and its stock pays a yield of 1.7%.
Murphy Oil Corporation (MUR) explores and produces gas and oil throughout the world. The stock has a market cap of $9.52 billion, a PE of 7, a PEG of 0.17, and it pays a yield of 2%.
Windstream Corporation (WIN) is a telecommunications company. Its services include, telephone, Internet services, and wireless services. Its customers are rural communities throughout the United States. The stock has a market cap of $3.86 billion, it has a PE of 4, a PEG of 2.86 and it pays a yield of 10.4%.
Tyson Foods, In. (TSN) makes and markets prepared foods, from chicken, beef, and pork. The stock has a market cap of $3.80 billion, a PE of 54, a PEG of 2.43, and it pays a yield of 1.4%.
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. (JBHT) is an industrial transportation company. It provides services to the paper industry, construction, and retail industries. The stock has a market cap of $3.27 billion, a PE of 18, a PEG of 1.46, and it pays a yield of 1.5%.
Baldor Electric Company (BEZ) makes and sells industrial electric motors, and generators. The stock has a market cap of $954.22 million, a PE of 9, a PEG of 1.29, and it pays a yield of 3.1%.
Acxiom CP (ACXM) delivers marketing databases, data integration services, and other management solutions services worldwide. The stock has a market cap of $649.40 million, a PE of 40, a PEG of 1.37, and it pays a yield of 2.3%.
Arkansas Best Corporation (ABFS) is a transportation service provider. Its services include national transportation of commodities . the stock has a market cap of $713.85 million, a PE of 12, a PEG of 1.51, and it pays a yield of 2.0%.
Dillard’s Inc. (DDS) is a major operator of retail stores in the southern United States. It carries men, women and children wear. The stock has a market cap of $624.36 million, a PE of 1,700, and it pays a yield of 1.7%.
Deltic Timber Corp. (DEL) plants and harvests timber. The company also leases oil and gas rights to its lands. The stock has a market cap of $608.24 million, a PE of 154, and it pays a yield of 0.6%.
Don't forget to check out stocks from some of the other central states, such as Missouri stocks, Minnesota stocks, Kansas stocks, and Iowa stocks.
Author owns WIN.
Posted by Stockerblog at 8:37 AM