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

  • SYMC has 20x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.40 mentions/day.
  • SYMC has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $170.0 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 SYMC:

Symantec Corporation and its subsidiaries provide security, backup, and availability solutions worldwide. Its products and services protect people and information in any digital environment from mobile devices, enterprise data centers, and cloud-based systems. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.6%. SYMC has a PE ratio of 20.1. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Symantec a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Symantec has been 6.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Symantec has a market cap of $16.1 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.98 and a short float of 1.5% with 1.33 days to cover. Shares are up 23.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Symantec as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry average. The net income increased by 27.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $189.00 million to $241.00 million.
  • The strong earnings growth this company has enjoyed -- up -- has apparently played a role in driving up its share price by a solid 25.37%. In addition, the rise in the general market has likely contributed to this stock's strong performance during this past year.Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, SYMC should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $191.00 million or 7.30% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -4.99%.
  • SYMANTEC CORP has improved earnings per share by 25.9% 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, SYMANTEC CORP reported lower earnings of $1.05 versus $1.57 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.77 versus $1.05).

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