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Baidu (BIDU) Strong In Pre-Market Trading

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Baidu ( BIDU) as a pre-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Baidu as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • BIDU has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $746.8 million.
  • BIDU traded 38,549 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 7:29 AM.
  • BIDU is up 6.1% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on BIDU:

Baidu, Inc. provides Internet search services. BIDU has a PE ratio of 5.5. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Baidu a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Baidu has been 4.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Baidu has a market cap of $57.1 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are down 10.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Baidu as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • BIDU's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 11.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 55.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • BAIDU INC's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. 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, BAIDU INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.96 versus $4.78 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($31.76 versus $4.96).
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 3.78 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 74.13% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp 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 other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • The gross profit margin for BAIDU INC is rather high; currently it is at 66.01%. Regardless of BIDU's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BIDU's net profit margin of 29.36% compares favorably to the industry average.

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