Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Whitestone REIT

(

WSR

) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Whitestone REIT as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • WSR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $2.9 million.
  • WSR has traded 37.86569999999999680539986002258956432342529296875 options contracts today.
  • WSR is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • WSR has a PE ratio of 44.
  • WSR is mentioned 0.71 times per day on StockTwits.
  • WSR has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • WSR is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • WSR is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • WSR is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • WSR is currently trading above yesterday's high.

'Strong and Under the Radar' stocks tend to be worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and price action. Market technicians refer to such stocks as being in an accumulation phase before a mark-up and peak. Traders and hedge funds have frequently found that these types of stocks continue to build a solid price base and then ultimately spike higher and peak when others 'discover' how good the stock is performing. By leveraging the social discovery aspect of StockTwits we are highlighting stocks that don't currently receive much attention from retail investors, but we suspect may soon garner more attention.

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More details on WSR:

WhiteStone REIT is a Maryland REIT engaged in owning and operating commercial properties in culturally diverse markets in major metropolitan areas. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 7.2%. WSR has a PE ratio of 44. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Whitestone REIT a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Whitestone REIT has been 196,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Whitestone REIT has a market cap of $433.3 million and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. The stock has a beta of 0.94 and a short float of 4.3% with 4.74 days to cover. Shares are up 31.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Whitestone REIT as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that we feel that the company's cash flow from its operations has been weak overall.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • WSR's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 12.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Looking ahead, our view is that this company's fundamentals will not have much impact in either direction, allowing the stock to generally move up or down based on the push and pull of the broad market.
  • 46.97% is the gross profit margin for WHITESTONE REIT which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, WSR's net profit margin of 19.57% significantly trails the industry average.
  • 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. When compared to other companies in the Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) industry and the overall market, WHITESTONE REIT's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $5.68 million or 24.43% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.

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