Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Loews

(

L

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

  • L has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $43.7 million.
  • L has traded 50.6715999999999979763742885552346706390380859375 options contracts today.
  • L is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • L has a PE ratio of 53.
  • L is mentioned 0.94 times per day on StockTwits.
  • L has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • L is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • L is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • L is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • L 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 L:

Loews Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides commercial property and casualty insurance in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Continental Europe, and Singapore. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.6%. L has a PE ratio of 53. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Loews a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Loews has been 900,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Loews has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. The stock has a beta of 0.73 and a short float of 1.4% with 3.42 days to cover. Shares are up 4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Loews as a

buy

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 254.76% to $149.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, LOEWS CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -16.28%.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 13.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 8.8%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • LOEWS CORP's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. 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, LOEWS CORP reported lower earnings of $0.67 versus $2.51 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.55 versus $0.67).
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.59, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Insurance industry average. The net income has decreased by 6.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $109.00 million to $102.00 million.

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