Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Energy Focus

(

EFOI

) as a strong on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Energy Focus as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • EFOI has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $4.2 million.
  • EFOI has traded 193,636 shares today.
  • EFOI is trading at 13.36 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • EFOI is trading at a new high 7.18% above yesterday's close.

'Strong on High Relative Volume' stocks are worth watching because major volume moves tend to indicate underlying activity such as M&A events, material stock news, analyst upgrades, insider buying, buying from 'superinvestors,' or that hedge funds and momentum traders are piling into a stock ahead of a catalyst. Regardless of the impetus behind the price and volume action, when a stock moves with strength and volume it can indicate the start of a new trend on which early investors can capitalize. In the event of a well-timed trading opportunity, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends and a disciplined trading methodology should help you take the first steps towards investment success.

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More details on EFOI:

Energy Focus, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and installs energy-efficient lighting systems and solutions in the United States and internationally. It operates in two segments, Products and Solutions. EFOI has a PE ratio of 23. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Energy Focus a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Energy Focus has been 208,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Energy Focus has a market cap of $153.5 million and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer durables industry. The stock has a beta of 0.34 and a short float of 17.7% with 2.64 days to cover. Shares are down 4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Energy Focus as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • EFOI's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 21.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 151.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • EFOI's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.00 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 5.10, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 1266.66% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 188.04% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, EFOI should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • ENERGY FOCUS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, ENERGY FOCUS INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.85 versus -$1.50 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.90 versus -$0.85).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Electrical Equipment industry. The net income increased by 1156.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$0.40 million to $4.26 million.

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