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Today's Unusual Social Activity Stock: United Rentals (URI)

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

  • URI has 13x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.43 mentions/day.
  • URI has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $162.2 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 URI:

United Rentals, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an equipment rental company. It operates in two segments, General Rentals; and Trench Safety, Power and HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning). URI has a PE ratio of 24.3. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate United Rentals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for United Rentals has been 1.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. United Rentals has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. The stock has a beta of 2.31 and a short float of 9.7% with 4.48 days to cover. Shares are up 13.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates United Rentals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • URI's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 227.50% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 63.10% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • UNITED RENTALS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, UNITED RENTALS INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.63 versus $0.64 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.06 versus $3.63).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Trading Companies & Distributors industry. The net income increased by 241.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $41.00 million to $140.00 million.
  • The gross profit margin for UNITED RENTALS INC is rather high; currently it is at 59.79%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 10.46% is above that of the industry average.

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