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New Lifetime High Reached: BankUnited (BKU)

Stock quotes in this article: BKU

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified BankUnited ( BKU) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified BankUnited as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • BKU has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $28.2 million.
  • BKU has traded 18,352 shares today.
  • BKU is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on BKU:

BankUnited, Inc. operates as the bank holding company for BankUnited, National Association that provides a range of banking products services to commercial and middle-market businesses, and individual customers in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.5%. BKU has a PE ratio of 16.8. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate BankUnited a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for BankUnited has been 860,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. BankUnited has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. The stock has a beta of 0.94 and a short float of 1.8% with 1.39 days to cover. Shares are up 2.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates BankUnited as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and premium valuation.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The gross profit margin for BANKUNITED INC is currently very high, coming in at 81.02%. Regardless of BKU's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BKU's net profit margin of 26.93% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 62.73% to -$24.30 million when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 62.73%, BANKUNITED INC is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 405.62%.
  • BKU, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 11.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 12.4%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • BANKUNITED INC's earnings per share declined by 18.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BANKUNITED INC reported lower earnings of $2.01 versus $2.06 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 9.9% in earnings ($1.81 versus $2.01).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Commercial Banks industry. The net income has decreased by 16.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $62.50 million to $52.39 million.

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