Trade-Ideas LLC identified

AmTrust Financial Services

(

AFSI

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

  • AFSI has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $34.1 million.
  • AFSI traded 56,079 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:38 AM, representing 10.3% of its average daily volume.

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More details on AFSI:

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., through its subsidiaries, underwrites and provides property and casualty insurance in the United States and internationally. It operates in three segments: Small Commercial Business, Specialty Risk and Extended Warranty, and Specialty Program. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.8%. AFSI has a PE ratio of 12. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate AmTrust Financial Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for AmTrust Financial Services has been 528,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. AmTrust Financial Services has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. The stock has a beta of 1.28 and a short float of 11.5% with 7.79 days to cover. Shares are up 18.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates AmTrust Financial Services as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 17.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 26.62% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, AFSI should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • AMTRUST FINANCIAL SERVICES has improved earnings per share by 10.2% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, AMTRUST FINANCIAL SERVICES increased its bottom line by earning $5.45 versus $3.49 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.85 versus $5.45).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Insurance industry. The net income increased by 19.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $160.10 million to $191.50 million.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further.

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