Trade-Ideas LLC identified

CST Brands

(

CST

) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified CST Brands as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • CST has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $22.7 million.
  • CST has traded 5,044 shares today.
  • CST is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on CST:

CST Brands, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as an independent retailer of motor fuel and convenience merchandise items in the United States and eastern Canada. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.6%. CST has a PE ratio of 22. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate CST Brands a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for CST Brands has been 732,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. CST has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the services sector and specialty retail industry. The stock has a beta of 1.18 and a short float of 6.6% with 8.16 days to cover. Shares are up 13.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates CST Brands as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Specialty Retail industry. The net income increased by 35.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $14.00 million to $19.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $88.00 million or 25.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -2.00%.
  • CST, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 6.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 17.0%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

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