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Trade-Ideas: Foster Wheeler (FWLT) Is Today's Post-Market Leader Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Foster Wheeler ( FWLT) as a post-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Foster Wheeler as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • FWLT has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $67.0 million.
  • FWLT is up 2.1% today from today's close.

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More details on FWLT:

Foster Wheeler AG, through its subsidiaries, operates in engineering and construction, as well as power generating equipment businesses worldwide. FWLT has a PE ratio of 23.2. Currently there are no analysts that rate Foster Wheeler a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Foster Wheeler has been 1.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Foster Wheeler has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. The stock has a beta of 2.09 and a short float of 1.3% with 0.67 days to cover. Shares are down 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Foster Wheeler as a hold. 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 good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • FWLT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 0.6%. 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.
  • FWLT's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.18 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.00, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • FWLT's share price has surged by 25.99% over the past year, reflecting the market's general trend, despite their weak earnings growth during the last quarter. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • The gross profit margin for FOSTER WHEELER AG is rather low; currently it is at 20.89%. Regardless of FWLT's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FWLT's net profit margin of 6.31% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • 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 Construction & Engineering industry. The net income has decreased by 13.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $58.22 million to $50.61 million.

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