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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Phillips 66

(

PSX

) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Phillips 66 as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PSX has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $267.7 million.
  • PSX has traded 200 shares today.
  • PSX is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on PSX:

Phillips 66 operates as an energy manufacturing and logistics company. It operates in four segments: Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, Marketing and Specialties. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.9%. PSX has a PE ratio of 13.6. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Phillips 66 a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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The average volume for Phillips 66 has been 3.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Phillips 66 has a market cap of $46.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are up 7.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Phillips 66 as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 33.56% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, PSX should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 16.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $708.00 million to $826.00 million.
  • PSX's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.28 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.
  • PHILLIPS 66 has improved earnings per share by 22.9% 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, PHILLIPS 66 reported lower earnings of $5.91 versus $6.41 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.94 versus $5.91).

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