Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Occidental Petroleum

(

OXY

) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Occidental Petroleum as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • OXY has 12x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 3.00 mentions/day.
  • OXY has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $329.3 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on OXY:

Occidental Petroleum Corporation engages in the acquisition, exploration, and development of oil and gas properties in the United States and internationally. The company operates in three segments: Oil and Gas; Chemical; and Midstream, Marketing and Other. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.2%. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Occidental Petroleum a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

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The average volume for Occidental Petroleum has been 5.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Occidental has a market cap of $54.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 0.75 and a short float of 2.4% with 3.88 days to cover. Shares are down 12.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Occidental Petroleum as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • OXY's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.25 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.16, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 44.13% is the gross profit margin for OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of OXY's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, OXY's net profit margin of 5.07% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to $805.00 million or 71.92% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, OCCIDENTAL PETROLEUM CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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