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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Cousins Properties

(

CUZ

) as a "barbarian at the gate" (strong stocks crossing above resistance with today's range greater than 200%) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Cousins Properties as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • CUZ has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $21.3 million.
  • CUZ has traded 896,129 shares today.
  • CUZ traded in a range 204.6% of the normal price range with a price range of $0.31.
  • CUZ traded above its daily resistance level (quality: 528 days, meaning that the stock is crossing a resistance level set by the last 528 calendar days. The resistance price is defined by the Price - $0.01 at the time of the signal).

Stocks matching the 'Barbarian at the Gate' criteria are worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and volatility. Trade-Ideas targets these opportunities because the stock is exhibiting an unusual behavior while displaying positive price action. In this case, the stock crossed an important inflection point; namely, 'resistance' while at the same time the range of the stock's movement in price is more than twice its normal size. This large range foreshadows a possible continuation as the stock moves higher.

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More details on CUZ:

Cousins Properties Incorporated, a real estate investment trust (REIT), owns, develops, and manages real estate portfolio, as well as performs certain real estate-related services in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.4%. CUZ has a PE ratio of 82.2. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Cousins Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Cousins Properties has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Cousins has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. The stock has a beta of 1.37 and a short float of 3.5% with 2.76 days to cover. Shares are up 19.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Cousins Properties as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • CUZ's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 10.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 108.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 295.87% to $7.01 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, COUSINS PROPERTIES INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 30.28%.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. 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.
  • COUSINS PROPERTIES INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, COUSINS PROPERTIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.74 versus $0.12 in the prior year.

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