FactSet Research Systems (FDS) Hits New Lifetime High Today

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

  • FDS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $21.5 million.
  • FDS has traded 302,883 shares today.
  • FDS is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on FDS:

FactSet Research Systems Inc. provides integrated financial information and analytical applications to investment community in the United States, Europe, and the Asia Pacific. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.2%. FDS has a PE ratio of 25.7. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate FactSet Research Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for FactSet Research Systems has been 301,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. FactSet Research Systems has a market cap of $4.9 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.71 and a short float of 16.7% with 29.28 days to cover. Shares are up 30% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates FactSet Research Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 6.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.6%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • FDS has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. To add to this, FDS has a quick ratio of 2.39, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, FACTSET RESEARCH SYSTEMS INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • FACTSET RESEARCH SYSTEMS INC has improved earnings per share by 7.4% 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, FACTSET RESEARCH SYSTEMS INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.47 versus $4.14 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.05 versus $4.47).
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $76.18 million or 33.49% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -5.71%.

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