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 $62.3 million.
  • NNN has traded 327.10399999999998499333742074668407440185546875 options contracts today.
  • NNN is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • NNN has a PE ratio of 37.
  • NNN is mentioned 1.77 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.

'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 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 3.9%. NNN has a PE ratio of 37. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate National Retail Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

The average volume for National Retail Properties has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. National Retail has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. The stock has a beta of 0.36 and a short float of 9.7% with 7.40 days to cover. Shares are up 10.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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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, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • NNN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.5%. 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.
  • 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. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • The gross profit margin for NATIONAL RETAIL PROPERTIES is rather high; currently it is at 67.42%. Regardless of NNN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, NNN's net profit margin of 33.59% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • NATIONAL RETAIL PROPERTIES's earnings per share declined by 31.4% 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 year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NATIONAL RETAIL PROPERTIES reported lower earnings of $1.20 versus $1.24 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.32 versus $1.20).
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $63.11 million or 2.87% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 2.87%, NATIONAL RETAIL PROPERTIES is still significantly exceeding the industry average of -73.46%.

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