Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Priceline Group

(

PCLN

) as a post-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Priceline Group as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PCLN has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $600.2 million.
  • PCLN is down 2.6% today from today's close.

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More details on PCLN:

The Priceline Group Inc. provides online travel and restaurant reservation and related services. PCLN has a PE ratio of 26. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Priceline Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Priceline Group has been 661,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Priceline Group has a market cap of $65.7 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.46 and a short float of 3.1% with 3.38 days to cover. Shares are up 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Priceline 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • PCLN's revenue growth trails the industry average of 43.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.70, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, PCLN has a quick ratio of 2.13, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, PRICELINE GROUP INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for PRICELINE GROUP INC is currently very high, coming in at 94.01%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 17.43% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 64.76% to $344.33 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PRICELINE GROUP INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -68.46%.

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