Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Education Realty

(

EDR

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

  • EDR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $17.1 million.
  • EDR has traded 9.014900000000000801492205937393009662628173828125 options contracts today.
  • EDR is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • EDR has a PE ratio of 98.
  • EDR is mentioned 1.16 times per day on StockTwits.
  • EDR has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • EDR is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • EDR is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • EDR is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • EDR is currently trading above yesterday's high.

'Strong and Under the Radar' stocks tend to be worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and price action. Market technicians refer to such stocks as being in an accumulation phase before a mark-up and peak. Traders and hedge funds have frequently found that these types of stocks continue to build a solid price base and then ultimately spike higher and peak when others 'discover' how good the stock is performing. By leveraging the social discovery aspect of StockTwits we are highlighting stocks that don't currently receive much attention from retail investors, but we suspect may soon garner more attention.

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More details on EDR:

EdR is a real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of United States. It invests collegiate housing communities. The firm develops, acquires, owns, and manages collegiate housing communities located near university campuses. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.8%. EDR has a PE ratio of 98. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Education Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Education Realty has been 648,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. has a market cap of $1.9 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. The stock has a beta of 0.43 and a short float of 8.3% with 9.21 days to cover. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Education Realty as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • EDR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 14.4%. 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.
  • EDUCATION REALTY TRUST INC's earnings per share declined by 42.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, EDUCATION REALTY TRUST INC reported lower earnings of $0.37 versus $0.98 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.56 versus $0.37).
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • The gross profit margin for EDUCATION REALTY TRUST INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 30.17%. Regardless of EDR's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 19.50% trails the industry average.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 34.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $22.40 million to $14.77 million.

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