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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

StanCorp Financial Group

(

SFG

) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified StanCorp Financial Group as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • SFG has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $65.2 million.
  • SFG has traded 745,807 shares today.
  • SFG is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on SFG:

StanCorp Financial Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides financial products and services in the United States. The company operates in two segments, Insurance Services and Asset Management. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.7%. SFG has a PE ratio of 15. Currently there are no analysts that rate StanCorp Financial Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for StanCorp Financial Group has been 139,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. StanCorp Financial Group has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the financial sector and insurance industry. The stock has a beta of 1.00 and a short float of 1.1% with 0.83 days to cover. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates StanCorp Financial Group 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, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel its 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 8.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Although SFG's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.23 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. 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.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Insurance industry. The net income increased by 57.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $40.80 million to $64.30 million.
  • STANCORP FINANCIAL GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. 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, STANCORP FINANCIAL GROUP INC reported lower earnings of $4.98 versus $5.13 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.56 versus $4.98).

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