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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

StanCorp Financial Group

(

SFG

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

  • SFG has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $12.5 million.
  • SFG traded 63,162 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:42 AM, representing 57.7% of its average daily volume.

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More details on SFG:

StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides financial products and services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Insurance Services and Asset Management. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.7%. SFG has a PE ratio of 15. Currently there are no analysts that rate StanCorp Financial Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for StanCorp Financial Group has been 139,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. StanCorp Financial Group has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. The stock has a beta of 1.00 and a short float of 1.4% with 5.28 days to cover. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates StanCorp Financial Group as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Although SFG's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.22 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Insurance industry average. The net income increased by 17.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $48.10 million to $56.50 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 490.57% to $81.50 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, STANCORP FINANCIAL GROUP INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 21.50%.

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