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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Matthews International Corporation

(

MATW

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

  • MATW has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $4.7 million.
  • MATW is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • MATW has a PE ratio of 31.
  • MATW is mentioned 0.55 times per day on StockTwits.
  • MATW has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • MATW is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • MATW is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • MATW is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • MATW is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on MATW:

Matthews International Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets memorialization products and solutions for the cemetery and funeral home industries in the United States, Central and South America, Canada, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.1%. MATW has a PE ratio of 31. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Matthews International Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for Matthews International Corporation has been 95,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Matthews International has a market cap of $1.6 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.58 and a short float of 1.9% with 6.35 days to cover. Shares are up 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Matthews International Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. 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:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 1.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 41.5%. 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.
  • 36.55% is the gross profit margin for MATTHEWS INTL CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of MATW's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.74% trails the industry average.
  • MATTHEWS INTL CORP's earnings per share declined by 29.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past two years. However, we anticipate this trend to reverse over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, MATTHEWS INTL CORP reported lower earnings of $1.56 versus $1.98 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.00 versus $1.56).
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Commercial Services & Supplies industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 15.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $11.33 million to $9.58 million.
  • 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, despite the company's weak earnings results. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

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