Trade-Ideas: Mercadolibre (MELI) Is Today's Post-Market Leader Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Mercadolibre ( MELI) as a post-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Mercadolibre as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • MELI has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $79.9 million.
  • MELI is up 4.6% today from today's close.

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More details on MELI:

MercadoLibre, Inc. hosts online commerce platforms in Latin America. Its services are designed to provide users with mechanisms for buying, selling, paying, collecting, generating leads, and comparing listings through e-commerce transactions. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.6%. MELI has a PE ratio of 37.1. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Mercadolibre a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Mercadolibre has been 768,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Mercadolibre has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. The stock has a beta of 2.12 and a short float of 29.7% with 10.85 days to cover. Shares are down 12.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Mercadolibre as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 16.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 26.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Although MELI's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.06 is very low, it is currently higher than that of the industry average. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.29, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • MERCADOLIBRE INC has improved earnings per share by 11.9% 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, MERCADOLIBRE INC increased its bottom line by earning $2.30 versus $1.73 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.59 versus $2.30).
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 152.53% to $63.69 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, MERCADOLIBRE INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 12.06%.
  • The gross profit margin for MERCADOLIBRE INC is currently very high, coming in at 74.80%. Regardless of MELI's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, MELI's net profit margin of 23.79% compares favorably to the industry average.

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