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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

URS

(

URS

) as a "barbarian at the gate" (strong stocks crossing above resistance with today's range greater than 200%) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified URS as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • URS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $61.1 million.
  • URS has traded 218,307 shares today.
  • URS traded in a range 295.1% of the normal price range with a price range of $3.39.
  • URS traded above its daily resistance level (quality: 247 days, meaning that the stock is crossing a resistance level set by the last 247 calendar days. The resistance price is defined by the Price - $0.01 at the time of the signal).

Stocks matching the 'Barbarian at the Gate' criteria are worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and volatility. Trade-Ideas targets these opportunities because the stock is exhibiting an unusual behavior while displaying positive price action. In this case, the stock crossed an important inflection point; namely, 'resistance' while at the same time the range of the stock's movement in price is more than twice its normal size. This large range foreshadows a possible continuation as the stock moves higher.

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More details on URS:

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URS Corporation provides engineering, construction, and technical services to public agencies and private sector clients worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.7%. URS has a PE ratio of 19.3. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate URS a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

The average volume for URS has been 753,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. URS has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.48 and a short float of 10.1% with 5.29 days to cover. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates URS as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.55, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, URS has a quick ratio of 1.87, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 13.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • In its most recent trading session, URS has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • URS CORP 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, URS CORP reported lower earnings of $3.33 versus $4.17 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 3.9% in earnings ($3.20 versus $3.33).

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