Post-Market Activity Shows Panera Bread (PNRA) Down - TheStreet

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Panera Bread

(

PNRA

) as a post-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Panera Bread as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PNRA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $106.5 million.
  • PNRA is down 7.3% today from today's close.

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More details on PNRA:

Panera Bread Company, together with its subsidiaries, owns, operates, and franchises retail bakery-cafes in the United States and Canada. The company operates in three segments: Bakery-Cafe Operations, Franchise Operations, and Fresh Dough and Other Product Operations. PNRA has a PE ratio of 24.9. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Panera Bread a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Panera Bread has been 579,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Panera Bread has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. The stock has a beta of 1.18 and a short float of 11.3% with 4.39 days to cover. Shares are down 4.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Panera Bread as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in stock price during the past year, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 10.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $82.06 million or 27.03% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PANERA BREAD CO has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -67.46%.
  • PNRA's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.14 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.88 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.

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