Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Chefs' Warehouse



) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Chefs' Warehouse as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • CHEF has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $2.5 million.
  • CHEF has traded 4.074600000000000221689333557151257991790771484375 options contracts today.
  • CHEF is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • CHEF has a PE ratio of 32.
  • CHEF is mentioned 0.81 times per day on StockTwits.
  • CHEF has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • CHEF is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • CHEF is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • CHEF is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • CHEF is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on CHEF:

The Chefs' Warehouse, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, distributes specialty food products in the United States and Canada. CHEF has a PE ratio of 32. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Chefs' Warehouse a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Chefs' Warehouse has been 179,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Chefs' Warehouse has a market cap of $523.5 million and is part of the services sector and wholesale industry. The stock has a beta of 1.10 and a short float of 16.7% with 15.15 days to cover. Shares are up 21% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Chefs' Warehouse as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 31.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CHEFS' WAREHOUSE INC has improved earnings per share by 19.0% 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, CHEFS' WAREHOUSE INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.62 versus $0.57 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.85 versus $0.62).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Food & Staples Retailing industry. The net income increased by 28.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $5.20 million to $6.66 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 128.83% to $20.98 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CHEFS' WAREHOUSE INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -11.10%.
  • The gross profit margin for CHEFS' WAREHOUSE INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.15%. Regardless of CHEF's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.22% trails the industry average.

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