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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

China Lodging Group

(

HTHT

) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified China Lodging Group as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • HTHT has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $11.4 million.
  • HTHT has traded 37.52239999999999753299562144093215465545654296875 options contracts today.
  • HTHT is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • HTHT has a PE ratio of 37.
  • HTHT is mentioned 0.84 times per day on StockTwits.
  • HTHT has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • HTHT is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • HTHT is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • HTHT is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • HTHT is currently trading above yesterday's high.
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More details on HTHT:

China Lodging Group, Limited, together with its subsidiaries, develops leased, manachised, and franchised hotels primarily in the People's Republic of China. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.7%. HTHT has a PE ratio of 37. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate China Lodging Group a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for China Lodging Group has been 230,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. China Lodging Group has a market cap of $2.4 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 24% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates China Lodging Group as a

buy

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • HTHT's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 11.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 14.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • CHINA LODGING GROUP LTD -ADR 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, CHINA LODGING GROUP LTD -ADR increased its bottom line by earning $1.04 versus $0.77 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($9.10 versus $1.04).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income increased by 1054.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$1.13 million to $10.76 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 68.89% to $50.39 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CHINA LODGING GROUP LTD -ADR has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 14.82%.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 900.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 69.47% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

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