Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Airgas

(

ARG

) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Airgas as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • ARG has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $269.8 million.
  • ARG has traded 1.0 million shares today.
  • ARG is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on ARG:

Airgas, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, supplies industrial, medical, and specialty gases; and welding equipment and related products. It operates through two segments, Distribution and All Other Operations. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.3%. ARG has a PE ratio of 22. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Airgas a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

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The average volume for Airgas has been 706,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Airgas has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. The stock has a beta of 1.01 and a short float of 4.5% with 1.37 days to cover. Shares are up 19.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Airgas as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, growth in earnings per share, 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:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 19.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • AIRGAS INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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, AIRGAS INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.86 versus $4.68 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.93 versus $4.86).
  • The gross profit margin for AIRGAS INC is rather high; currently it is at 56.24%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 7.13% trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $147.92 million or 2.05% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, AIRGAS INC's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 11.87%.

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