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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Werner

(

WERN

) as a pre-market mover with heavy volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Werner as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • WERN has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $17.3 million.
  • WERN traded 87,592 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:17 AM, representing 11.2% of its average daily volume.

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More details on WERN:

Werner Enterprises, Inc., a transportation and logistics company, engages in transporting truckload shipments of general commodities in interstate and intrastate commerce in the United States, Mexico, Canada, China, and Australia. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1%. WERN has a PE ratio of 15. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Werner a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Werner has been 745,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Werner has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the services sector and transportation industry. The stock has a beta of 0.82 and a short float of 12.5% with 7.01 days to cover. Shares are up 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Werner as a

buy

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • WERN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.08 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 1.34, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Road & Rail industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, WERNER ENTERPRISES INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, WERN has outperformed against the industry average of 13.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.6%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • WERNER ENTERPRISES INC's earnings per share declined by 12.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, WERNER ENTERPRISES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.71 versus $1.36 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 8.2% in earnings ($1.57 versus $1.71).
  • The gross profit margin for WERNER ENTERPRISES INC is rather low; currently it is at 17.12%. Regardless of WERN's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, WERN's net profit margin of 4.16% is significantly lower than the industry average.

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