Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Piedmont Natural Gas

(

PNY

) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Piedmont Natural Gas as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PNY has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $22.2 million.
  • PNY has traded 6.52240000000000019753088054130785167217254638671875 options contracts today.
  • PNY is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • PNY has a PE ratio of 34.
  • PNY is mentioned 1.26 times per day on StockTwits.
  • PNY has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • PNY is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • PNY is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • PNY is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • PNY is currently trading above yesterday's high.

'Strong and Under the Radar' stocks tend to be worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and price action. Market technicians refer to such stocks as being in an accumulation phase before a mark-up and peak. Traders and hedge funds have frequently found that these types of stocks continue to build a solid price base and then ultimately spike higher and peak when others 'discover' how good the stock is performing. By leveraging the social discovery aspect of StockTwits we are highlighting stocks that don't currently receive much attention from retail investors, but we suspect may soon garner more attention.

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More details on PNY:

Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc., an energy services company, distributes natural gas. It operates in three segments: Regulated Utility, Regulated Non-Utility Activities, and Unregulated Non-Utility Activities. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.2%. PNY has a PE ratio of 34. Currently there are no analysts that rate Piedmont Natural Gas a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Piedmont Natural Gas has been 508,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Piedmont Natural Gas has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. The stock has a beta of 1.20 and a short float of 2.3% with 5.27 days to cover. Shares are up 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Piedmont Natural Gas as a

buy

. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, PNY's share price has jumped by 57.02%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, PNY has outperformed against the industry average of 26.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.5%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • PIEDMONT NATURAL GAS CO 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. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past two years. However, we anticipate this trend to reverse over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, PIEDMONT NATURAL GAS CO reported lower earnings of $1.74 versus $1.86 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.98 versus $1.74).
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Gas Utilities industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, PIEDMONT NATURAL GAS CO has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for PIEDMONT NATURAL GAS CO is rather low; currently it is at 21.44%. Regardless of PNY's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, PNY's net profit margin of -7.78% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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