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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

RCS Capital

(

RCAP

) as a strong on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified RCS Capital as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • RCAP has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $35.6 million.
  • RCAP has traded 158,414 shares today.
  • RCAP is trading at 2.79 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • RCAP is trading at a new high 5.02% above yesterday's close.

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More details on RCAP:

RCS Capital Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is engaged in the wholesale broker-dealer, and investment banking and capital markets business activities. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3%. Currently there are no analysts that rate RCS Capital a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for RCS Capital has been 964,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. RCS has a market cap of $756.5 million and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are down 38.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates RCS Capital as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$108.86 million or 468.00% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • The gross profit margin for RCS CAPITAL CORP is rather low; currently it is at 15.30%. Regardless of RCAP's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, RCAP's net profit margin of 7.55% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 38.65%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 35000.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • RCS CAPITAL CORP 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 year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.09 versus $0.10).
  • Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market, RCS CAPITAL CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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