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Cameron International Corporation (CAM) Is Today's Unusual Social Activity Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Cameron International Corporation ( CAM) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Cameron International Corporation as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • CAM has more that 20x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.19 mentions/day.
  • CAM has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $270.0 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 CAM:

Cameron International Corporation provides flow equipment products, systems, and services worldwide. CAM has a PE ratio of 20.0. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Cameron International Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Cameron International Corporation has been 2.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Cameron International has a market cap of $14.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.28 and a short float of 2.1% with 1.15 days to cover. Shares are up 4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Cameron International Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • CAM's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.4%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.31, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.28, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORP's earnings per share declined by 18.6% 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, CAMERON INTERNATIONAL CORP increased its bottom line by earning $3.02 versus $2.09 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.44 versus $3.02).
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has decreased by 19.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $174.60 million to $140.50 million.

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