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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Armada Hoffler Properties

(

AHH

) as a strong on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Armada Hoffler Properties as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • AHH has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $4.1 million.
  • AHH has traded 105,790 shares today.
  • AHH is trading at 4.83 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • AHH is trading at a new high 3.04% above yesterday's close.

'Strong on High Relative Volume' stocks are worth watching because major volume moves tend to indicate underlying activity such as M&A events, material stock news, analyst upgrades, insider buying, buying from 'superinvestors,' or that hedge funds and momentum traders are piling into a stock ahead of a catalyst. Regardless of the impetus behind the price and volume action, when a stock moves with strength and volume it can indicate the start of a new trend on which early investors can capitalize. In the event of a well-timed trading opportunity, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends and a disciplined trading methodology should help you take the first steps towards investment success.

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Armada Hoffler Properties, Inc. is a privately owned real estate investment trust. It invests in real estate markets of Mid-Atlantic United States. The firm is involved in developing, building, owning and managing high-quality, institutional-grade office, retail, and multifamily properties. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 5.5%. AHH has a PE ratio of 12. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Armada Hoffler Properties a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for Armada Hoffler Properties has been 224,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Armada Hoffler has a market cap of $406.1 million and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. The stock has a beta of 0.51 and a short float of 1.8% with 1.81 days to cover. Shares are up 24.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Armada Hoffler Properties as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, robust revenue growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, ARMADA HOFFLER PROPERTIES's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 11.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 27.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 240.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $5.11 million to $17.37 million.
  • ARMADA HOFFLER PROPERTIES 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. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ARMADA HOFFLER PROPERTIES increased its bottom line by earning $0.74 versus $0.36 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 4.0% in earnings ($0.71 versus $0.74).
  • The gross profit margin for ARMADA HOFFLER PROPERTIES is rather low; currently it is at 15.55%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 28.82% trails that of the industry average.

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