Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Regions Financial

(

RF

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

  • RF has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $180.4 million.
  • RF traded 11,531 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:29 AM.
  • RF is down 3.2% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on RF:

Regions Financial Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides banking and bank-related services to individual and corporate customers in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.9%. RF has a PE ratio of 11. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Regions Financial a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Regions Financial has been 19.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Regions Financial has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. The stock has a beta of 1.11 and a short float of 2.3% with 1.31 days to cover. Shares are down 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Regions Financial as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • RF's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Commercial Banks industry. The net income increased by 16.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $234.00 million to $273.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 168.70% to $790.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, REGIONS FINANCIAL CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -155.00%.
  • REGIONS FINANCIAL CORP has improved earnings per share by 25.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Stable earnings per share over the past year indicate the company has sound management over its earnings and share float. We anticipate these figures will begin to experience more growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, REGIONS FINANCIAL CORP reported lower earnings of $0.76 versus $0.77 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.84 versus $0.76).
  • The gross profit margin for REGIONS FINANCIAL CORP is currently very high, coming in at 85.40%. Regardless of RF's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 18.62% trails the industry average.

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