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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Primero Mining

(

PPP

) as a strong on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Primero Mining as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PPP has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $5.3 million.
  • PPP has traded 94,860 shares today.
  • PPP is trading at 2.32 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • PPP is trading at a new high 6.02% above yesterday's close.

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More details on PPP:

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Primero Mining Corp., a precious metals producer, is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, and production of precious metal properties in Canada and Mexico. The company explores for gold and silver. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Primero Mining a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Primero Mining has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Primero has a market cap of $657.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are up 8.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Primero Mining as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • PRIMERO MINING CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, PRIMERO MINING CORP reported lower earnings of $0.00 versus $0.51 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1150.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $10.08 million to -$105.91 million.
  • 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 Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, PRIMERO MINING CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $12.54 million or 18.21% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow PRIMERO MINING CORP is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -31.38%.
  • The share price of PRIMERO MINING CORP has not done very well: it is down 11.83% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.

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