Trade-Ideas LLC identified

US Concrete

(

USCR

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

  • USCR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $14.7 million.
  • USCR has traded 111.269000000000005456968210637569427490234375 options contracts today.
  • USCR is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • USCR has a PE ratio of 33.
  • USCR is mentioned 1.42 times per day on StockTwits.
  • USCR has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • USCR is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • USCR is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • USCR is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • USCR is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on USCR:

U.S. Concrete, Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells ready-mixed concrete, aggregates, and concrete-related products and services for the construction industry in the United States. It operates through two segments, Ready-Mixed Concrete and Aggregate Products. USCR has a PE ratio of 33. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate US Concrete a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for US Concrete has been 308,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. US Concrete has a market cap of $987.7 million and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. The stock has a beta of 0.93 and a short float of 9.5% with 6.22 days to cover. Shares are up 26% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates US Concrete as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 30.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 43.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 48.90% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • U S CONCRETE INC has improved earnings per share by 15.2% 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, U S CONCRETE INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.45 versus $1.56 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.50 versus -$0.45).
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.21 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, USCR maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.73, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Construction Materials industry and the overall market, U S CONCRETE INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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