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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Exxon Mobil Corporation

(

XOM

) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Exxon Mobil Corporation as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • XOM has 16x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 23.94 mentions/day.
  • XOM has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $1.1 billion.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on XOM:

Exxon Mobil Corporation explores for and produces crude oil and natural gas in the United States, Canada/South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia/Oceania. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.5%. XOM has a PE ratio of 12. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Exxon Mobil Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Exxon Mobil Corporation has been 10.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Exxon Mobil has a market cap of $348.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.05 and a short float of 1% with 3.13 days to cover. Shares are down 10.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Exxon Mobil Corporation as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • XOM's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.19 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that XOM's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.54, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 38.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 36.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for EXXON MOBIL CORP is rather low; currently it is at 18.89%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the weak results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 8.34% is above that of the industry average.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 45.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $9,100.00 million to $4,940.00 million.

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