Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Transocean

(

RIG

) as a pre-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Transocean as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • RIG has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $211.6 million.
  • RIG traded 11,830 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 7:50 AM.
  • RIG is down 2.3% today from Friday's close.

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More details on RIG:

Transocean Ltd., together with its subsidiaries, provides offshore contract drilling services for oil and gas wells worldwide. The company primarily offers deepwater and harsh environment drilling services. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.8%. RIG has a PE ratio of 8. Currently there are no analysts that rate Transocean a buy, 10 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Transocean has been 13.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Transocean has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.04 and a short float of 33.9% with 8.15 days to cover. Shares are down 21.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Transocean as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 41.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $587.00 million to $342.00 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, TRANSOCEAN LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 54.65%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 42.94% 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.
  • TRANSOCEAN LTD's earnings per share declined by 42.9% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, TRANSOCEAN LTD swung to a loss, reporting -$5.25 versus $3.85 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.41 versus -$5.25).
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 22.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 19.1%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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