NEW YORK, Nov. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A.O. Smith Corp (NYSE: AOS: $37) has been picked by S&P Capital IQ as its Focus Stock of the Week. AOS carries S&P Capital IQ's highest investment recommendation of 5-STARS, or Strong Buy. The company is a leading manufacturer of water heating equipment used in the residential, commercial and industrial markets.
"A.O. Smith is in the middle of a notable transformation of its business, in terms of product lines and geographic coverage," said Kevin Kirkeby, equity analyst at S&P Capital IQ. "A.O. Smith has spent years building a strong brand identity in North America for its water heaters, garnering about a 40% share of the residential market, and a 50% share of the commercial market. A significant portion of its revenues come from the sale of replacement units, providing relatively consistent sales from year to year."
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