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Unusual Social Activity Around Noble Energy (NBL) Today

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

  • NBL has more that 20x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.93 mentions/day.
  • NBL has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $192.7 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 NBL:

Noble Energy, Inc., an independent energy company, engages in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and marketing of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids primarily in the United States, West Africa, and Eastern Mediterranean. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.9%. NBL has a PE ratio of 20.7. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Noble Energy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Noble Energy has been 2.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Noble Energy has a market cap of $22.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.58 and a short float of 1.6% with 1.61 days to cover. Shares are down 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Noble Energy as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in stock price during the past year, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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 greatly exceeded the industry average of 1.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 40.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • NOBLE ENERGY INC has improved earnings per share by 16.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, NOBLE ENERGY INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.67 versus $1.10 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.03 versus $2.67).
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. 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 gross profit margin for NOBLE ENERGY INC is currently very high, coming in at 78.30%. Regardless of NBL's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NBL's net profit margin of 15.21% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.51, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.84 is weak.

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