Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Comcast

(

CMCSA

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

  • CMCSA has 14x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 8.23 mentions/day.
  • CMCSA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $508.9 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 CMCSA:

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.6%. CMCSA has a PE ratio of 18. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Recommends

The average volume for Comcast has been 13.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Comcast has a market cap of $131.1 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. The stock has a beta of 0.90 and a short float of 1.5% with 3.63 days to cover. Shares are up 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Comcast as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • CMCSA's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. 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.
  • COMCAST CORP has improved earnings per share by 10.5% 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. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, COMCAST CORP increased its bottom line by earning $3.20 versus $2.56 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.55 versus $3.20).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Media industry average. The net income increased by 7.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1,992.00 million to $2,137.00 million.

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