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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network

(

ANW

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

  • ANW has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $4.0 million.
  • ANW is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • ANW has a PE ratio of 38.5.
  • ANW is mentioned 1.87 times per day on StockTwits.
  • ANW has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • ANW is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • ANW is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • ANW is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • ANW is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on ANW:

Aegean Marine Petroleum Network Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates as a marine fuel logistics company that markets and supplies refined marine fuel and lubricants to ships in port, at sea, and on rivers worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.6%. ANW has a PE ratio of 38.5. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Aegean Marine Petroleum Network a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has been 304,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Aegean Marine Petroleum Network has a market cap of $668.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Aegean Marine Petroleum Network as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 7.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $7.01 million to $7.52 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 400.85% to $193.86 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AEGEAN MARINE PETROLM NETWK has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -13.05%.
  • 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 41.90% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • AEGEAN MARINE PETROLM NETWK has improved earnings per share by 6.7% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AEGEAN MARINE PETROLM NETWK reported lower earnings of $0.37 versus $0.58 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.14 versus $0.37).
  • Despite the weak revenue results, ANW has outperformed against the industry average of 19.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.2%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

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