Trade-Ideas LLC identified

National Retail Properties

(

NNN

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

  • NNN has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $79.7 million.
  • NNN has traded 424.62700000000000954969436861574649810791015625 options contracts today.
  • NNN is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • NNN has a PE ratio of 32.
  • NNN is mentioned 0.81 times per day on StockTwits.
  • NNN has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • NNN is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • NNN is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • NNN is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • NNN is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on NNN:

National Retail Properties, Inc. is a publicly owned equity real estate investment trust. The firm acquires, owns, manages, and develops retail properties in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.2%. NNN has a PE ratio of 32. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate National Retail Properties a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

The average volume for National Retail Properties has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. National Retail has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. The stock has a beta of 0.54 and a short float of 8.3% with 5.28 days to cover. Shares are up 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates National Retail Properties as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • NNN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.0%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • NATIONAL RETAIL PROPERTIES has improved earnings per share by 9.7% 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, NATIONAL RETAIL PROPERTIES increased its bottom line by earning $1.24 versus $1.06 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.28 versus $1.24).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry average. The net income increased by 15.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $47.94 million to $55.20 million.
  • The gross profit margin for NATIONAL RETAIL PROPERTIES is rather high; currently it is at 68.79%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 44.81% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $110.15 million or 16.27% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, NATIONAL RETAIL PROPERTIES has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 9.43%.

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