Trade-Ideas LLC identified

QTS Realty



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

  • QTS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $13.3 million.
  • QTS has traded 7.865700000000000358113538823090493679046630859375 options contracts today.
  • QTS is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • QTS has a PE ratio of 84.
  • QTS is mentioned 1.10 times per day on StockTwits.
  • QTS has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • QTS is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • QTS is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • QTS is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • QTS is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on QTS:

QTS Realty Trust, Inc. focuses on the ownership, development, and operation of carrier-neutral data centers in the United States. The company was founded in 2013 and is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3%. QTS has a PE ratio of 84. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate QTS Realty a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for QTS Realty has been 338,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. QTS has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. Shares are up 27% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates QTS Realty as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 32.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • QTS REALTY TRUST INC has improved earnings per share by 9.1% 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, QTS REALTY TRUST INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.52 versus $0.23 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.54 versus $0.52).
  • 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 Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, QTS REALTY TRUST INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for QTS REALTY TRUST INC is currently extremely low, coming in at 10.67%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 6.79% significantly trails the industry average.

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