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 $10.8 million.
  • SCOR has traded 82,608 shares today.
  • SCOR is trading at 4.02 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • SCOR is trading at a new high 6.01% above yesterday's close.

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More details on SCOR:

comScore, Inc. operates as a cross-platform measurement company that measures audiences, brands, and consumer behavior worldwide. Its data footprint combines proprietary digital, TV, and movie intelligence with demographic details to quantify consumers' multiscreen behavior. SCOR has a PE ratio of 16. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate comScore a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for comScore has been 728,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. comScore has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.83 and a short float of 12% with 7.24 days to cover. Shares are down 26.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and revenue growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • COMSCORE INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, COMSCORE INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.21 versus -$0.29 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.47 versus -$0.21).
  • 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 265.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$2.66 million to $4.39 million.
  • The gross profit margin for COMSCORE INC is currently very high, coming in at 73.47%. 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 4.49% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, COMSCORE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • SCOR's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 50.56%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.

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