Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Hilton Worldwide Holdings

(

HLT

) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Hilton Worldwide Holdings as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • HLT has more that 20x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 3.94 mentions/day.
  • HLT has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $175.0 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on HLT:

Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc., a hospitality company, owns, leases, manages, develops, and franchises hotels, resorts, and timeshare properties worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.1%. HLT has a PE ratio of 38. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Hilton Worldwide Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Hilton Worldwide Holdings has been 7.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Hilton Worldwide has a market cap of $24.3 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are down 5.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Hilton Worldwide Holdings as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • HLT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.6%. 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.
  • HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS's earnings per share declined by 23.8% 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, HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS increased its bottom line by earning $0.68 versus $0.22 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.82 versus $0.68).
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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 greatly underperformed compared to the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry average. The net income has decreased by 23.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $209.00 million to $161.00 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.19 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, HLT maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.77, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.

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