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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

ING Groep N.V

(

ING

) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified ING Groep N.V as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • ING has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $44.1 million.
  • ING has traded 811.4479999999999790816218592226505279541015625 options contracts today.
  • ING is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • ING has a PE ratio of 12.
  • ING is mentioned 1.06 times per day on StockTwits.
  • ING has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • ING is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • ING is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • ING is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • ING is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on ING:

ING Groep N.V., a financial institution, provides banking products and services to individuals, small and medium enterprises, and mid-corporates. It operates through Retail Netherlands; Retail Belgium; Retail Germany; Retail Rest of World; and Commercial Banking segments. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.7%. ING has a PE ratio of 12. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate ING Groep N.V a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for ING Groep N.V has been 2.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. ING Groep N.V has a market cap of $65.5 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 30.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates ING Groep N.V as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. When compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market, ING GROEP NV's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$4,277.07 million or 135.25% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • This stock has increased by 26.86% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Looking ahead, however, we cannot assume that the stock's past performance is going to drive future results. Quite to the contrary, its sharp appreciation over the last year is one of the factors that should prompt investors to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
  • ING, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 2.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 16.9%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • ING GROEP NV reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, ING GROEP NV reported lower earnings of $0.60 versus $0.91 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.44 versus $0.60).

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