Eyes On Electronic Arts (EA): Highlighted Storm The Castle Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Electronic Arts ( EA) 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 Electronic Arts as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • EA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $114.3 million.
  • EA has traded 926,847 shares today.
  • EA is trading at 55.78 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • EA crossed above its 200-day simple moving average.

'Storm the Castle' stocks are worth watching because trading stocks that begin to experience a breakout can lead to potentially massive profits. Once psychological and technical resistance barriers like the 200-day moving average are breached on higher than normal relative volume, the stock is then free to find new buyers and momentum traders who can ultimately push the stock significantly higher. Regardless of the impetus behind the price and volume action, when a stock moves with strength and volume it can indicate the start of a new trend on which early investors can capitalize on. In the event of a well-timed trading opportunity, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends and a disciplined trading methodology should help you take the first steps towards investment success.

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More details on EA:

Electronic Arts Inc. develops, markets, publishes, and distributes game software content and services for video game consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, tablets and electronic readers, and the Internet. EA has a PE ratio of 31.6. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Electronic Arts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Electronic Arts has been 5.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Electronic Arts has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.79 and a short float of 12.9% with 6.86 days to cover. Shares are down 4.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Electronic Arts as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that revenues have generally been declining.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 26.44% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 66.05% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period.
  • ELECTRONIC ARTS INC has improved earnings per share by 26.4% 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. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, ELECTRONIC ARTS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.32 versus $0.21 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.26 versus $0.32).
  • 49.21% is the gross profit margin for ELECTRONIC ARTS INC which we consider to be strong. 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 -39.28% is in-line with the industry average.
  • EA, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 4.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 2.3%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, ELECTRONIC ARTS INC's return on equity is below that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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