Trade-Ideas: EMC Corporation (EMC) Is Today's

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified EMC Corporation ( EMC) as a "storm the castle" (crossing above the 200-day simple moving average on higher than normal relative volume) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified EMC Corporation as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • EMC has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $523.4 million.
  • EMC has traded 18.7 million shares today.
  • EMC is trading at 1.53 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • EMC crossed above its 200-day simple moving average.

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More details on EMC:

EMC Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops, delivers, and supports information infrastructure and virtual infrastructure technologies, solutions, and services. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.5%. EMC has a PE ratio of 20.6. Currently there are 26 analysts that rate EMC Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for EMC Corporation has been 14.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. EMC has a market cap of $53.9 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. The stock has a beta of 1.72 and a short float of 3.2% with 3.12 days to cover. Shares are up 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates EMC Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • EMC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • EMC CORP/MA has improved earnings per share by 10.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, EMC CORP/MA increased its bottom line by earning $1.23 versus $1.10 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.86 versus $1.23).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Computers & Peripherals industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 7.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $649.51 million to $700.95 million.
  • The gross profit margin for EMC CORP/MA is rather high; currently it is at 69.85%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 12.48% trails the industry average.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.37 is sturdy.

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