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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Treehouse Foods

(

THS

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

  • THS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $30.7 million.
  • THS has traded 24,057 shares today.
  • THS is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on THS:

TreeHouse Foods, Inc. operates as a food manufacturer in the United States and Canada. It operates in North American Retail Grocery, Food Away From Home, and Industrial and Export segments. THS has a PE ratio of 36.1. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Treehouse Foods a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Treehouse Foods has been 299,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Treehouse has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. The stock has a beta of 0.62 and a short float of 5.8% with 5.11 days to cover. Shares are up 23% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Treehouse Foods as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 1.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 19.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Food Products industry average. The net income increased by 17.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $18.57 million to $21.76 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 263.99% to $47.52 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, TREEHOUSE FOODS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 2.54%.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • TREEHOUSE FOODS INC has improved earnings per share by 14.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TREEHOUSE FOODS INC reported lower earnings of $2.34 versus $2.39 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.73 versus $2.34).

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