Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Green Plains



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

  • GPRE has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $10.1 million.
  • GPRE has traded 186,220 shares today.
  • GPRE is trading at 10.95 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • GPRE is trading at a new high 8.06% above yesterday's close.

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More details on GPRE:

Green Plains Inc. produces, markets, and distributes ethanol in the United States and internationally. The company operates through four segments: Ethanol Production; Agribusiness; Marketing and Distribution; and Partnership. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.2%. GPRE has a PE ratio of 83. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Green Plains a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Green Plains has been 651,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Green Plains has a market cap of $577.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. The stock has a beta of 1.64 and a short float of 9.5% with 5.62 days to cover. Shares are down 30.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Green Plains as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 540.77% to $17.71 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, GREEN PLAINS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -39.13%.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, GPRE has outperformed against the industry average of 34.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.8%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • GPRE's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.18 is sturdy.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 108.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $42.24 million to -$3.59 million.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 44.10%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 108.41% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.

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