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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

LyondellBasell Industries

(

LYB

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

  • LYB has 11x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 3.26 mentions/day.
  • LYB has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $340.1 million.

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More details on LYB:

LyondellBasell Industries N.V. operates as a manufacturer of chemicals and polymers, refiner of crude oil, producer of gasoline blending components, and developer and licensor of technologies for production of polymers. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.5%. LYB has a PE ratio of 1. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate LyondellBasell Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

The average volume for LyondellBasell Industries has been 3.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. LyondellBasell has a market cap of $42.8 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. The stock has a beta of 0.72 and a short float of 2% with 2.12 days to cover. Shares are up 13.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates LyondellBasell Industries as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • LYONDELLBASELL INDUSTRIES NV has improved earnings per share by 40.7% 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, LYONDELLBASELL INDUSTRIES NV increased its bottom line by earning $7.97 versus $6.78 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($10.15 versus $7.97).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Chemicals industry. The net income increased by 23.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $945.00 million to $1,166.00 million.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Chemicals industry and the overall market, LYONDELLBASELL INDUSTRIES NV's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 83.27% to $1,468.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, LYONDELLBASELL INDUSTRIES NV has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -94.32%.
  • LYB, with its decline in revenue, underperformed when compared the industry average of 11.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 26.5%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.

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