Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Autodesk

(

ADSK

) as a post-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Autodesk as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • ADSK has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $137.0 million.
  • ADSK is down 4.1% today from today's close.

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More details on ADSK:

Autodesk, Inc. operates as a design software and services company worldwide. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Autodesk a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Autodesk has been 2.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Autodesk has a market cap of $11.2 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. The stock has a beta of 2.10 and a short float of 4.1% with 3.52 days to cover. Shares are down 19.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Autodesk as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • ADSK's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Despite the fact that ADSK's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 2.02 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 6.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for AUTODESK INC is currently very high, coming in at 89.43%. Regardless of ADSK's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, ADSK's net profit margin of -7.30% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $80.40 million or 40.88% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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, AUTODESK INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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