Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Lockheed Martin

(

LMT

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

  • LMT has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $409.7 million.
  • LMT traded 27,317 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:24 AM.
  • LMT is down 4.2% today from Friday's close.

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More details on LMT:

Lockheed Martin Corporation, a security and aerospace company, engages in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of technology systems, products, and services. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.1%. LMT has a PE ratio of 19. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Lockheed Martin a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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The average volume for Lockheed Martin has been 1.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Lockheed Martin has a market cap of $64.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and aerospace/defense industry. The stock has a beta of 0.60 and a short float of 0.9% with 1.12 days to cover. Shares are down 2.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Lockheed Martin as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • LMT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. 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 company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Aerospace & Defense industry and the overall market, LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 53.23% to $1,517.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 19.94%.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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, LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP increased its bottom line by earning $11.21 versus $9.04 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($11.35 versus $11.21).

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