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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

GulfMark Offshore

(

GLF

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

  • GLF has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $7.9 million.
  • GLF has traded 75,322 shares today.
  • GLF is trading at 2.15 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • GLF is trading at a new high 3.08% above yesterday's close.

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More details on GLF:

GulfMark Offshore, Inc. provides offshore marine support and transportation services primarily to the companies involved in the offshore exploration and production of oil and natural gas. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 8%. GLF has a PE ratio of 7. Currently there are no analysts that rate GulfMark Offshore a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for GulfMark Offshore has been 608,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. GulfMark has a market cap of $297.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.75 and a short float of 21.2% with 7.21 days to cover. Shares are down 56.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates GulfMark Offshore as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • GULFMARK OFFSHORE 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. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GULFMARK OFFSHORE INC reported lower earnings of $2.38 versus $2.69 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 156.7% in earnings (-$1.35 versus $2.38).
  • 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 130.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $16.56 million to -$5.13 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, GULFMARK OFFSHORE INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for GULFMARK OFFSHORE INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.43%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -5.75% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $2.56 million or 85.50% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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