Trade-Ideas LLC identified

ASML

(

ASML

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

  • ASML has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $102.8 million.
  • ASML traded 121,545 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:03 AM, representing 10.3% of its average daily volume.

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More details on ASML:

ASML Holding N.V. engages in the development, production, marketing, sale, and servicing of advanced semiconductor equipment systems with a focus on lithography related systems worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate ASML a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for ASML has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. ASML has a market cap of $37.3 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. Shares are down 22.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates ASML as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • ASML's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.14 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.42, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The gross profit margin for ASML HOLDING NV is rather high; currently it is at 50.02%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 22.42% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $330.48 million or 22.47% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -22.76%.
  • ASML HOLDING NV's earnings per share declined by 19.7% 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, ASML HOLDING NV increased its bottom line by earning $3.27 versus $3.21 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.68 versus $3.27).
  • ASML, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 11.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 14.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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