Ingersoll-Rand (IR) Showing Unusual Social Activity Today - TheStreet

Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Ingersoll-Rand

(

IR

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

  • IR has 15x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.68 mentions/day.
  • IR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $172.4 million.

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More details on IR:

Ingersoll-Rand plc, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, sells, and services a portfolio of industrial and commercial products. It operates through Climate and Industrial segments. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2%. IR has a PE ratio of 23. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Ingersoll-Rand a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Ingersoll-Rand has been 3.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ingersoll-Rand has a market cap of $15.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. The stock has a beta of 1.17 and a short float of 2.1% with 1.01 days to cover. Shares are down 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Ingersoll-Rand as a

buy

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 18.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.6%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $295.20 million or 19.95% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -27.98%.
  • INGERSOLL-RAND PLC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, INGERSOLL-RAND PLC increased its bottom line by earning $3.29 versus $2.08 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.69 versus $3.29).
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.75, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.73 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • 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 Machinery industry and the overall market, INGERSOLL-RAND PLC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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