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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Google

(

GOOG

) as a post-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Google as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • GOOG has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $1.1 billion.
  • GOOG is up 6.4% today from today's close.

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More details on GOOG:

Google Inc., a technology company, builds products and provides services to organize the information. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Google a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for Google has been 1.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Google has a market cap of $192.2 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are up 6.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Google as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • GOOG's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 6.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 11.9%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Although GOOG's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.05 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 5.28, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • GOOGLE INC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GOOGLE INC reported lower earnings of $20.22 versus $39.38 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($56.76 versus $20.22).
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, GOOG has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 9.37% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • 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 Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, GOOGLE INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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