Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Express

(

EXPR

) as a pre-market mover with heavy volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Express as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • EXPR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $35.7 million.
  • EXPR traded 619,168 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:10 AM, representing 22.9% of its average daily volume.

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More details on EXPR:

Express, Inc. operates as a specialty apparel and accessories retailer. It offers apparel and accessories for women and men between 20 and 30 years across various aspects of lifestyles, including work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. EXPR has a PE ratio of 12. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Express a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Express has been 2.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Express has a market cap of $1.3 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. The stock has a beta of 1.26 and a short float of 12.4% with 3.66 days to cover. Shares are down 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Express as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • EXPRESS INC has improved earnings per share by 36.7% 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, EXPRESS INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.38 versus $0.80 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.68 versus $1.38).
  • 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 Specialty Retail industry average. The net income increased by 34.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $41.79 million to $56.12 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 13.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 36.49% is the gross profit margin for EXPRESS INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 7.33% trails the industry average.

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