Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Littelfuse

(

LFUS

) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Littelfuse as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • LFUS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $10.5 million.
  • LFUS has traded 7.358200000000000073896444519050419330596923828125 options contracts today.
  • LFUS is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • LFUS has a PE ratio of 33.
  • LFUS is mentioned 0.71 times per day on StockTwits.
  • LFUS has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • LFUS is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • LFUS is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • LFUS is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • LFUS is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on LFUS:

Littelfuse, Inc. designs, manufactures, and sells circuit protection devices for use in the automotive, electronics, and industrial markets worldwide. It operates through three segments: Electronics, Automotive, and Industrial. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.1%. LFUS has a PE ratio of 33. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Littelfuse a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Littelfuse has been 130,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Littelfuse has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the services sector and wholesale industry. The stock has a beta of 1.02 and a short float of 2.2% with 5.96 days to cover. Shares are up 11.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Littelfuse 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 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:

  • LFUS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.0%. 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.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.49, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that LFUS's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.97 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, LFUS's share price has jumped by 29.62%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. We feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The other strengths this company shows, however, justify the higher price levels.
  • 40.01% is the gross profit margin for LITTELFUSE INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of LFUS's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, LFUS's net profit margin of 8.79% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • LITTELFUSE INC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past two years. However, we anticipate this trend to reverse over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, LITTELFUSE INC reported lower earnings of $3.64 versus $4.38 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.68 versus $3.64).

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