Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Roper Technologies

(

ROP

) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Roper Technologies as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • ROP has 12x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.55 mentions/day.
  • ROP has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $159.2 million.

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More details on ROP:

Roper Technologies, Inc., a diversified technology company, designs and develops license and software-as-a-service software, and engineered products and solutions. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.7%. ROP has a PE ratio of 25. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Roper Technologies a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Roper Technologies has been 592,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Roper has a market cap of $17.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. The stock has a beta of 1.05 and a short float of 3.3% with 3.15 days to cover. Shares are down 13.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Roper Technologies as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 11.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.3%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.57, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.49, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The gross profit margin for ROPER TECHNOLOGIES INC is rather high; currently it is at 68.52%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 16.77% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • ROPER TECHNOLOGIES INC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. 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, ROPER TECHNOLOGIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $6.86 versus $6.40 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.95 versus $6.86).
  • After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that ROP'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. Looking ahead, although the push and pull of the overall market trend could certainly make a critical difference, we do not see any strong reason stemming from the company's fundamentals that would cause a continuation of last year's decline. In fact, the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings.

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