Trade-Ideas LLC identified

HCA Holdings

(

HCA

) as a pre-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified HCA Holdings as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • HCA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $326.5 million.
  • HCA traded 17,147 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:00 AM.
  • HCA is up 7.5% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on HCA:

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services in the United States. HCA has a PE ratio of 14. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

The average volume for HCA Holdings has been 4.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. HCA has a market cap of $26.7 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.55 and a short float of 3% with 2.12 days to cover. Shares are down 1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates HCA Holdings as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its revenue growth. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 10.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.9%. 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.
  • HCA HOLDINGS INC's earnings per share declined by 9.5% 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, HCA HOLDINGS INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.18 versus $3.36 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.25 versus $4.18).
  • HCA is off 7.57% from its price level of one year ago, reflecting a combination of (a) the general market trend and (b) the company's own weaknesses, including its lower earnings per share compared to the year-earlier quarter. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $1,101.00 million or 2.39% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Health Care Providers & Services industry average. The net income has decreased by 13.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $518.00 million to $449.00 million.

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