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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

National Bank of Greece

(

NBG

) as a pre-market mover with heavy volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified National Bank of Greece as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • NBG has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $13.8 million.
  • NBG traded 481,042 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 7:45 AM, representing 10.2% of its average daily volume.

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More details on NBG:

National Bank of Greece S.A., together with its subsidiaries, offers diversified financial services primarily in Greece. The company is involved in retail and commercial banking, investment management, investment banking, insurance, investment activities, and securities trading operations. Currently there are no analysts that rate National Bank of Greece a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for National Bank of Greece has been 3.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. National Bank of Greece has a market cap of $8.6 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 38.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates National Bank of Greece as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 71.54%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 87.77% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE 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. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE turned its bottom line around by earning $1.98 versus -$27.80 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 93.4% in earnings ($0.13 versus $1.98).
  • NBG, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 9.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 16.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 46.25% is the gross profit margin for NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE which we consider to be strong. Regardless of NBG's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NBG's net profit margin of 39.31% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 95.36% to -$61.40 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, NATIONAL BANK OF GREECE has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -26.36%.

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