Deutsche Bank AG Stock Downgraded (DB)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Deutsche Bank (NYSE: DB) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 320541.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.02 million to -$3,258.89 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Capital Markets industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, DEUTSCHE BANK AG underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$12,030.04 million or 163.51% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • This stock's share value has moved by only 14.71% over the past year. Looking ahead, other than the push or pull of the broad market, we do not see anything in the company's numbers that may help reverse the decline experienced over the past 12 months. Despite the past decline, the stock is still selling for more than most others in its industry.
  • DEUTSCHE BANK AG's earnings have gone downhill when comparing its most recently reported quarter with the same quarter a year earlier. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DEUTSCHE BANK AG reported lower earnings of $0.23 versus $5.55 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.24 versus $0.23).
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Deutsche Bank Aktiengesellschaft provides investment, financial, and related products and services. The company has a P/E ratio of 124.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Deutsche has a market cap of $38.29 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 10.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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-- Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff

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