Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Piedmont Office Realty

(

PDM

) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Piedmont Office Realty as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PDM has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $14.4 million.
  • PDM has traded 0.1492999999999999882760448599583469331264495849609375 options contracts today.
  • PDM is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • PDM has a PE ratio of 42.
  • PDM is mentioned 0.52 times per day on StockTwits.
  • PDM has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • PDM is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • PDM is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • PDM is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • PDM is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on PDM:

Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc. engages in the acquisition and ownership of commercial real estate properties in the United States. Its property portfolio primarily consists of office and industrial buildings, warehouses, and manufacturing facilities. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.3%. PDM has a PE ratio of 42. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Piedmont Office Realty a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Piedmont Office Realty has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Piedmont Office has a market cap of $3.0 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. The stock has a beta of 0.33 and a short float of 3.4% with 4.83 days to cover. Shares are up 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Piedmont Office Realty as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 144.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $12.28 million to $29.98 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that PDM's price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don't lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, PIEDMONT OFFICE REALTY TRUST's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for PIEDMONT OFFICE REALTY TRUST is rather low; currently it is at 20.09%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 20.32% trails that of the industry average.

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