Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Questar

(

STR

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

  • STR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $46.7 million.
  • STR traded 212,569 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:00 AM, representing 11.3% of its average daily volume.

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More details on STR:

Questar Corporation operates as an integrated natural gas company in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.4%. STR has a PE ratio of 15. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Questar a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Questar has been 1.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Questar has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. The stock has a beta of 0.91 and a short float of 4.7% with 4.32 days to cover. Shares are up 1.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Questar as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including weak operating cash flow, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The gross profit margin for QUESTAR CORP is currently very high, coming in at 100.91%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year.
  • QUESTAR CORP's earnings per share declined by 18.2% 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, QUESTAR CORP increased its bottom line by earning $1.28 versus $0.91 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.30 versus $1.28).
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 10.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 9.9%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Even though the current debt-to-equity ratio is 1.23, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Gas Utilities industry. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 0.09 is very low and demonstrates very weak liquidity.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $62.80 million or 20.20% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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