Trade-Ideas: Baidu (BIDU) Is Today's Pre-Market Leader Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Baidu ( BIDU) as a pre-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Baidu as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • BIDU has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $352.3 million.
  • BIDU traded 54,949 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:30 AM.
  • BIDU is up 2.5% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on BIDU:

Baidu, Inc. provides Chinese language Internet search services. It also offers a Chinese language search platform for businesses to reach their customers. BIDU has a PE ratio of 26.2. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Baidu a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Baidu has been 4.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Baidu has a market cap of $48.6 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are up 39.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Baidu as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 22.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 43.4%. 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.
  • BAIDU INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. 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, BAIDU INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.78 versus $3.02 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.94 versus $4.78).
  • The gross profit margin for BAIDU INC is rather high; currently it is at 69.84%. Regardless of BIDU's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BIDU's net profit margin of 34.96% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • 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, despite the company's weak earnings results. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.38, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 3.99 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.

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