Trade-Ideas LLC identified

US Concrete

(

USCR

) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified US Concrete as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • USCR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $10.3 million.
  • USCR has traded 28,772 shares today.
  • USCR is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on USCR:

U.S. Concrete, Inc., through its subsidiaries, produces and sells ready-mixed concrete, aggregates, and concrete-related products and services for the construction industry in the United States. It operates through two segments, Ready-Mixed Concrete and Aggregate Products. USCR has a PE ratio of 283. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate US Concrete a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for US Concrete has been 202,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. US Concrete has a market cap of $870.3 million and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. The stock has a beta of 1.15 and a short float of 6.6% with 5.11 days to cover. Shares are up 106.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates US Concrete as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 8.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 49.4%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • U S CONCRETE INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. 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, U S CONCRETE INC turned its bottom line around by earning $1.56 versus -$1.46 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.35 versus $1.56).
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, USCR's share price has jumped by 124.87%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Looking ahead, however, we cannot assume that the stock's past performance is going to drive future results. Quite to the contrary, its sharp appreciation over the last year is one of the factors that should prompt investors to seek better opportunities elsewhere.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.38 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, USCR maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.95, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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 Construction Materials industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, U S CONCRETE INC underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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