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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Western Refining

(

WNR

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

  • WNR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $54.2 million.
  • WNR is up 5.1% today from today's close.

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More details on WNR:

Western Refining, Inc. operates as an independent crude oil refiner and marketer of refined products. The company operates in four segments: Refining, NTI, WNRL, and Retail. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.4%. WNR has a PE ratio of 8. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Western Refining a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Western Refining has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Western Refining has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.13 and a short float of 6.7% with 4.20 days to cover. Shares are up 19.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Western Refining as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, WESTERN REFINING INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 73.23% to $373.62 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, WESTERN REFINING INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -25.83%.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. 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.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 36.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 36.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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