Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Royal Dutch Shell

(

RDS.A

) as a pre-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Royal Dutch Shell as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • RDS.A has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $228.1 million.
  • RDS.A traded 10,829 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:13 AM.
  • RDS.A is up 2.1% today from Friday's close.

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More details on RDS.A:

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. It operates through Upstream and Downstream segments. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 7.3%. RDS.A has a PE ratio of 18.

The average volume for Royal Dutch Shell has been 4.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $138.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 34.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Royal Dutch Shell as a

hold

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.34, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 36.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 36.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC 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. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC reported lower earnings of $4.70 versus $5.18 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.20 versus $4.70).
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 266.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $4,463.00 million to -$7,416.00 million.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 33.75%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 265.71% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.

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