Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Sunoco Logistics Partners

(

SXL

) as a post-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Sunoco Logistics Partners as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • SXL has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $53.9 million.
  • SXL is up 7.5% today from today's close.

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More details on SXL:

Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. transports, terminals, and stores crude oil, refined products, and natural gas liquids (NGLs). It operates through four segments: Crude Oil Pipelines, Crude Oil Acquisition and Marketing, Terminal Facilities, and Products Pipelines. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 8.9%. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Sunoco Logistics Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Sunoco Logistics Partners has been 1.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Sunoco Logistics has a market cap of $5.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.10 and a short float of 2.6% with 1.81 days to cover. Shares are down 16% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Sunoco Logistics Partners as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 76.19% to $185.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SUNOCO LOGISTICS PARTNERS LP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -26.59%.
  • Along with the very weak revenue results, SXL underperformed when compared to the industry average of 36.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 51.0%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 57.78%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 114.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, SUNOCO LOGISTICS PARTNERS LP's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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