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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Sunstone Hotel Investors

(

SHO

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

  • SHO has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $43.6 million.
  • SHO is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • SHO has a PE ratio of 51.0.
  • SHO is mentioned 1.61 times per day on StockTwits.
  • SHO has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • SHO is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • SHO is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • SHO is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • SHO is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on SHO:

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. operates as a real estate investment trust. The firm engages in the acquisition, ownership, asset management, renovation, and sale of luxury, upper upscale, and upscale full-service hotels in the United States. Its portfolio also includes mid-scale hotels. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.9%. SHO has a PE ratio of 51.0. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Sunstone Hotel Investors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Sunstone Hotel Investors has been 1.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Sunstone Hotel Investors has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. The stock has a beta of 1.08 and a short float of 3.8% with 2.21 days to cover. Shares are up 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Sunstone Hotel Investors as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.9%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • SUNSTONE HOTEL INVESTORS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, SUNSTONE HOTEL INVESTORS INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.34 versus -$0.03 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.57 versus $0.34).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry. The net income increased by 193.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $4.52 million to $13.25 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 69.50% to $78.32 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, SUNSTONE HOTEL INVESTORS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -43.90%.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 400.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 26.27% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. 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.

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