Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Energy Focus

(

EFOI

) as a strong on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Energy Focus as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • EFOI has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $3.5 million.
  • EFOI has traded 61,574 shares today.
  • EFOI is trading at 11.31 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • EFOI is trading at a new high 8.10% above yesterday's close.

'Strong on High Relative Volume' stocks are worth watching because major volume moves tend to indicate underlying activity such as M&A events, material stock news, analyst upgrades, insider buying, buying from 'superinvestors,' or that hedge funds and momentum traders are piling into a stock ahead of a catalyst. Regardless of the impetus behind the price and volume action, when a stock moves with strength and volume it can indicate the start of a new trend on which early investors can capitalize. In the event of a well-timed trading opportunity, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends and a disciplined trading methodology should help you take the first steps towards investment success.

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More details on EFOI:

Energy Focus, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and installs energy-efficient lighting systems and solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Products and Solutions. EFOI has a PE ratio of 43. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Energy Focus a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for Energy Focus has been 112,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Energy Focus has a market cap of $133.5 million and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer durables industry. The stock has a beta of 2.17 and a short float of 1.5% with 0.39 days to cover. Shares are up 178.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Energy Focus as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • EFOI's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 14.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 167.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • EFOI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.13 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.12, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 41.49% is the gross profit margin for ENERGY FOCUS INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 8.58% trails the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market, ENERGY FOCUS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$2.32 million or 10.86% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow ENERGY FOCUS INC is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -32.50%.

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