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Fidelity National Financial (FNF) Showing Unusual Social Activity Today

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

  • FNF has 12x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 0.69 mentions/day.
  • FNF has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $173.6 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 FNF:

Fidelity National Financial, Inc. provides title insurance, mortgage services, and diversified services in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.6%. FNF has a PE ratio of 13.5. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Fidelity National Financial a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Fidelity National Financial has been 2.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Fidelity National Financial has a market cap of $6.4 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. The stock has a beta of 0.45 and a short float of 8% with 2.80 days to cover. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Fidelity National Financial 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:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.8%. 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.
  • FNF's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.27 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels.
  • 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. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL increased its bottom line by earning $2.63 versus $1.26 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 26.6% in earnings ($1.93 versus $2.63).
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Insurance industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, FIDELITY NATIONAL FINANCIAL has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.

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