Trade-Ideas LLC identified

MSCI

(

MSCI

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

  • MSCI has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $63.6 million.
  • MSCI has traded 42.447800000000000864019966684281826019287109375 options contracts today.
  • MSCI is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • MSCI has a PE ratio of 38.
  • MSCI is mentioned 1.29 times per day on StockTwits.
  • MSCI has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • MSCI is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • MSCI is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • MSCI is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • MSCI 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 MSCI:

MSCI Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides investment decision support tools worldwide. Its tools include indexes, portfolio risk and performance analytics, and multi-asset class market risk analytics products and services. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.2%. MSCI has a PE ratio of 38. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate MSCI a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for MSCI has been 910,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. MSCI has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. The stock has a beta of 0.76 and a short float of 1.2% with 1.51 days to cover. Shares are up 52.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates MSCI as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 34.09% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 49.87% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, MSCI should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • MSCI INC has improved earnings per share by 34.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, MSCI INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.70 versus $1.65 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.24 versus $1.70).
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 15.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Diversified Financial Services industry and the overall market, MSCI INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.

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