Trade-Ideas: Intuit (INTU) Is Today's New Lifetime High Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Intuit ( INTU) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Intuit as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • INTU has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $145.8 million.
  • INTU has traded 2.2 million shares today.
  • INTU is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on INTU:

Intuit Inc. provides business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers, and accounting professionals in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, and Singapore. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.2%. INTU has a PE ratio of 24.2. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Intuit a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Intuit has been 2.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Intuit has a market cap of $18.6 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.89 and a short float of 7.4% with 9.84 days to cover. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Intuit 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, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year 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:
  • INTU's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.14 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 1.45, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The gross profit margin for INTUIT INC is currently very high, coming in at 87.70%. 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 -2.52% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. 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.
  • INTUIT INC's earnings per share declined by 36.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. 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, INTUIT INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.71 versus $2.53 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.56 versus $2.71).
  • INTU, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 5.8%. 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.

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