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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Comcast

(

CMCSA

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

  • CMCSA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $1.1 billion.
  • CMCSA traded 19,146 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:28 AM.
  • CMCSA is up 2.8% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on CMCSA:

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.6%. CMCSA has a PE ratio of 17.2. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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The average volume for Comcast has been 14.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Comcast has a market cap of $117.7 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. The stock has a beta of 0.90 and a short float of 4.7% with 5.12 days to cover. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Comcast as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • COMCAST CORP 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, COMCAST CORP increased its bottom line by earning $2.56 versus $2.29 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.88 versus $2.56).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Media industry average. The net income increased by 49.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1,732.00 million to $2,592.00 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 7.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, COMCAST CORP's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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