Symantec (SYMC) Showing Unusual Social Activity Today

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Symantec ( SYMC) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Symantec as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • SYMC has 15x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.44 mentions/day.
  • SYMC has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $210.8 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on SYMC:

Symantec Corporation and its subsidiaries provide security, backup, and availability solutions worldwide. Its products and services protect people and information in any digital environment from mobile devices, enterprise data centers, and cloud-based systems. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.4%. SYMC has a PE ratio of 22.9. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Symantec a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Symantec has been 5.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Symantec has a market cap of $17.3 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.09 and a short float of 1.6% with 1.05 days to cover. Shares are up 31.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

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

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, SYMC's share price has jumped by 40.52%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, SYMC should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 5.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • SYMANTEC CORP reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SYMANTEC CORP reported lower earnings of $1.05 versus $1.57 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.89 versus $1.05).
  • 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. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.08 is sturdy.

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