Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Carnival

(

CCL

) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Carnival as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • CCL has 13x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 5.84 mentions/day.
  • CCL has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $275.8 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on CCL:

Carnival Corporation operates as a leisure travel and cruise company in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.4%. CCL has a PE ratio of 22. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Carnival a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Carnival has been 6.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Carnival has a market cap of $39.4 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. The stock has a beta of 0.68 and a short float of 7.5% with 3.92 days to cover. Shares are down 3.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Carnival as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. 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.
  • CARNIVAL CORP/PLC (USA) 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, CARNIVAL CORP/PLC (USA) increased its bottom line by earning $2.26 versus $1.57 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.36 versus $2.26).
  • 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 362.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$103.00 million to $270.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 53.53% to $978.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 14.63%.

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