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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Core-Mark

(

CORE

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

  • CORE has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $16.1 million.
  • CORE has traded 61 options contracts today.
  • CORE is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • CORE has a PE ratio of 4.
  • CORE is mentioned 1.65 times per day on StockTwits.
  • CORE has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • CORE is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • CORE is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • CORE is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • CORE is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on CORE:

Core-Mark Holding Company, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, markets fresh and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.8%. CORE has a PE ratio of 4. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Core-Mark a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for Core-Mark has been 261,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Core-Mark has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the services sector and wholesale industry. The stock has a beta of 0.77 and a short float of 8.1% with 9.42 days to cover. Shares are up 33.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Core-Mark as a

buy

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.4%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CORE MARK HOLDING CO INC has improved earnings per share by 10.2% 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, CORE MARK HOLDING CO INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.83 versus $1.79 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.37 versus $1.83).
  • 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 Distributors industry average. The net income increased by 10.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $13.70 million to $15.10 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 4572.00% to $116.80 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CORE MARK HOLDING CO INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 82.03%.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 42.57% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. We feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The other strengths this company shows, however, justify the higher price levels.

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