Trade-Ideas LLC identified

E I du Pont de Nemours

(

DD

) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified E I du Pont de Nemours as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • DD has 19x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 5.29 mentions/day.
  • DD has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $302.7 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 DD:

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company operates as a science and technology based company worldwide. The company's Agriculture segment offers corn hybrid, soybean, canola, sunflower, sorghum, inoculants, seed products, wheat, rice, herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.8%. DD has a PE ratio of 16. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate E I du Pont de Nemours a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for E I du Pont de Nemours has been 6.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. E I du Pont de Nemours has a market cap of $48.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. The stock has a beta of 1.77 and a short float of 1.3% with 2.03 days to cover. Shares are down 20.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates E I du Pont de Nemours as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.90, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.24, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. In comparison to other companies in the Chemicals industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, DU PONT (E I) DE NEMOURS has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has greatly exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • 38.33% is the gross profit margin for DU PONT (E I) DE NEMOURS which we consider to be strong. Regardless of DD's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 4.79% trails the industry average.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 18.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 17.5%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • DU PONT (E I) DE NEMOURS 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. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DU PONT (E I) DE NEMOURS increased its bottom line by earning $3.49 versus $3.04 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 21.2% in earnings ($2.75 versus $3.49).

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