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Electronic Arts (EA) Trading With Heavy Volume Before Market Open

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Electronic Arts ( EA) as a pre-market mover with heavy volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Electronic Arts as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • EA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $100.9 million.
  • EA traded 338,280 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:13 AM, representing 10.8% of its average daily volume.

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More details on EA:

Electronic Arts Inc. develops, markets, publishes, and distributes game software content and services for video game consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and electronic readers, and the Internet. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Electronic Arts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Electronic Arts has been 4.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Electronic Arts has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.54 and a short float of 10.5% with 8.50 days to cover. Shares are up 25.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Electronic Arts as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, EA's share price has jumped by 66.12%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Although EA had significant growth over the past year, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock at the current time.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 88.70% to $685.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, ELECTRONIC ARTS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 8.73%.
  • ELECTRONIC ARTS INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ELECTRONIC ARTS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.32 versus $0.21 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.31 versus $0.32).
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, ELECTRONIC ARTS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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 Software industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 584.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$45.00 million to -$308.00 million.

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