Trade-Ideas: Simon Property Group (SPG) Is Today's Unusual Social Activity Stock - TheStreet

Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Simon Property Group

(

SPG

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

  • SPG has 15x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 2.10 mentions/day.
  • SPG has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $235.3 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on SPG:

Simon Property Group, Inc. is an equity real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets across the globe. It engages in investment, ownership, management, and development of properties. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.8%. SPG has a PE ratio of 42. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Simon Property Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Simon Property Group has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Simon Property Group has a market cap of $62.8 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. The stock has a beta of 0.34 and a short float of 1.7% with 4.38 days to cover. Shares are up 11.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Simon Property Group as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • SPG's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 14.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, SIMON PROPERTY GROUP INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for SIMON PROPERTY GROUP INC is rather high; currently it is at 61.38%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 33.38% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $808.51 million or 32.61% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 13.29%.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.

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