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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Bank of America Corporation

(

BAC

) as a pre-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Bank of America Corporation as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • BAC has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $1.5 billion.
  • BAC traded 678,844 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:35 AM.
  • BAC is down 2.8% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on BAC:

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial products and services for individual consumers, small and middle market businesses, institutional investors, corporations, and governments in the United States and internationally. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.2%. BAC has a PE ratio of 18.9. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

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The average volume for Bank of America Corporation has been 107.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Bank of America has a market cap of $172.3 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. The stock has a beta of 1.95 and a short float of 1.1% with 1.04 days to cover. Shares are up 5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Bank of America Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The gross profit margin for BANK OF AMERICA CORP is currently very high, coming in at 84.82%. 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 -1.08% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, BAC's share price has jumped by 32.73%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. We feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The other strengths this company shows, however, justify the higher price levels.
  • BANK OF AMERICA CORP has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, BANK OF AMERICA CORP increased its bottom line by earning $0.91 versus $0.25 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.96 versus $0.91).
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 13.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Commercial Banks industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, BANK OF AMERICA CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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