Trade-Ideas LLC identified

American Tower

(

AMT

) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified American Tower as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • AMT has 15x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.19 mentions/day.
  • AMT has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $252.7 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 AMT:

American Tower Corporation is a real estate investment trust. It invests in the real estate markets across the globe. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.2%. AMT has a PE ratio of 66. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate American Tower a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for American Tower has been 2.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. American Tower has a market cap of $37.7 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. The stock has a beta of 0.87 and a short float of 1.4% with 1.94 days to cover. Shares are down 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates American Tower as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.2%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $507.16 million or 1.99% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AMERICAN TOWER CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -73.46%.
  • The gross profit margin for AMERICAN TOWER CORP is currently very high, coming in at 70.39%. Regardless of AMT's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, AMT's net profit margin of 8.32% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • The share price of AMERICAN TOWER CORP is down 9.05% when compared to where it was trading one year earlier. This reflects both (a) the trend in the overall market as well as (b) the sharp decline in the company's earnings per share. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

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