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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Whole Foods Market

(

WFM

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

  • WFM has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $271.3 million.
  • WFM is up 4.2% today from today's close.

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More details on WFM:

Whole Foods Market, Inc. operates as a retailer of natural and organic foods. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.3%. WFM has a PE ratio of 24.4. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Whole Foods Market a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Whole Foods Market has been 8.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Whole Foods Market has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. The stock has a beta of 0.72 and a short float of 7.6% with 5.37 days to cover. Shares are down 34.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Whole Foods Market as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • WFM's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.02 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.14, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • WHOLE FOODS MARKET INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, WHOLE FOODS MARKET INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.47 versus $1.26 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.53 versus $1.47).
  • 38.47% is the gross profit margin for WHOLE FOODS MARKET INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of WFM's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, WFM's net profit margin of 4.27% compares favorably to the industry average.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Food & Staples Retailing industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has remained constant at $142.00 million when compared to the same quarter one year ago.

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