Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Hospitality Properties

(

HPT

) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Hospitality Properties as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • HPT has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $17.7 million.
  • HPT has traded 683.8809999999999718056642450392246246337890625 options contracts today.
  • HPT is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • HPT has a PE ratio of 31.
  • HPT is mentioned 0.65 times per day on StockTwits.
  • HPT has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • HPT is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • HPT is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • HPT is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • HPT is currently trading above yesterday's high.

'Strong and Under the Radar' stocks tend to be worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and price action. Market technicians refer to such stocks as being in an accumulation phase before a mark-up and peak. Traders and hedge funds have frequently found that these types of stocks continue to build a solid price base and then ultimately spike higher and peak when others 'discover' how good the stock is performing. By leveraging the social discovery aspect of StockTwits we are highlighting stocks that don't currently receive much attention from retail investors, but we suspect may soon garner more attention.

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More details on HPT:

Hospitality Properties Trust, a real estate investment trust (REIT), engages in buying, owning, and leasing hotels. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 6.4%. HPT has a PE ratio of 31. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Hospitality Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Hospitality Properties has been 805,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. The stock has a beta of 0.82 and a short float of 5.9% with 12.26 days to cover. Shares are up 22% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Hospitality Properties as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. 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 net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 25.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $41.58 million to $52.05 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 10.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES TRUST has improved earnings per share by 29.2% 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, HOSPITALITY PROPERTIES TRUST reported lower earnings of $0.97 versus $1.18 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.62 versus $0.97).

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