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Trade-Ideas: PNC Financial Services Group (PNC) Is Today's Unusual Social Activity Stock

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Trade-Ideas LLC identified PNC Financial Services Group ( PNC) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified PNC Financial Services Group as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PNC has more that 20x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 0.81 mentions/day.
  • PNC has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $151.0 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on PNC:

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. operates as a diversified financial services company in the United States and internationally. The company's Retail Banking segment provides deposit, lending, brokerage, investment management, and cash management services. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.4%. PNC has a PE ratio of 11.0. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate PNC Financial Services Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

The average volume for PNC Financial Services Group has been 2.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. PNC Financial Services Group has a market cap of $38.7 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. The stock has a beta of 1.12 and a short float of 1.4% with 3.50 days to cover. Shares are up 24.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates PNC Financial Services Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for PNC FINANCIAL SVCS GROUP INC is currently very high, coming in at 91.39%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 26.24% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Commercial Banks industry. The net income increased by 103.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $551.00 million to $1,122.00 million.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • PNC FINANCIAL SVCS GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PNC FINANCIAL SVCS GROUP INC reported lower earnings of $5.30 versus $5.64 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($7.01 versus $5.30).

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