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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Chevron

(

CVX

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

  • CVX has 16x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 18.65 mentions/day.
  • CVX has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $775.5 million.

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More details on CVX:

Chevron Corporation, through its subsidiaries, engages in the petroleum, chemicals, and power and energy operations worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Upstream and Downstream. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.6%. CVX has a PE ratio of 1. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Chevron a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Chevron has been 7.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Chevron has a market cap of $175.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.28 and a short float of 0.9% with 1.97 days to cover. Shares are down 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Chevron 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 feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • CVX's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.22 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.96 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • 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 37.9%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • 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 43.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $4,512.00 million to $2,567.00 million.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. In comparison to the other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, CHEVRON CORP's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

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