Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. Trade-Ideas LLC identified Western Digital Corporation ( WDC) as a pre-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Western Digital Corporation as such a stock due to the following factors:
- WDC has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $156.0 million.
- WDC traded 217,402 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 7:59 AM.
- WDC is down 2.2% today from yesterday's close.
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Get the inside scoop on opportunities in WDC with the Ticky from Trade-Ideas. See the FREE profile for WDC NOW at Trade-Ideas More details on WDC: Western Digital Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and sells storage products and solutions that enable people to create, manage, experience, and preserve digital content. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.4%. WDC has a PE ratio of 18.3. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Western Digital Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold. The average volume for Western Digital Corporation has been 2.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Western Digital has a market cap of $17.2 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. The stock has a beta of 1.41 and a short float of 2.4% with 2.22 days to cover. Shares are up 72.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. STOCKS TO BUY: TheStreet Quant Ratings has identified a handful of stocks that can potentially TRIPLE in the next 12-months. Learn more. TheStreetRatings.com Analysis: TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Western Digital Corporation 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, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Highlights from the ratings report include:
- Although WDC's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.29 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. To add to this, WDC has a quick ratio of 1.50, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
- Compared to its closing price of one year ago, WDC's share price has jumped by 108.94%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
- 36.80% is the gross profit margin for WESTERN DIGITAL CORP which we consider to be strong. Regardless of WDC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 13.01% trails the industry average.
- WESTERN DIGITAL 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, WESTERN DIGITAL CORP reported lower earnings of $3.90 versus $6.45 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($8.10 versus $3.90).
- WDC, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 0.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.7%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
- You can view the full Western Digital Corporation Ratings Report.
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