Trade-Ideas LLC identified

comScore

(

SCOR

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

  • SCOR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $32.4 million.
  • SCOR has traded 83,272 shares today.
  • SCOR is trading at 4.34 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • SCOR is trading at a new high 3.03% above yesterday's close.

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More details on SCOR:

TheStreet Recommends

comScore, Inc. provides digital media analytics products and services for content publishers, advertisers, advertising agencies, and network operators primarily in the United States, Canada, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate comScore a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for comScore has been 437,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. comScore has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.37 and a short float of 12.7% with 4.35 days to cover. Shares are up 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates comScore as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Internet Software & Services industry. The net income increased by 129.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$3.26 million to $0.96 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 14.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for COMSCORE INC is currently very high, coming in at 72.46%. Regardless of SCOR's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SCOR's net profit margin of 1.03% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • COMSCORE INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, COMSCORE INC reported poor results of -$0.29 versus -$0.07 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 6.9% in earnings (-$0.31 versus -$0.29).
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $7.33 million or 46.42% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

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