Concho Resources (CXO) Highlighted As Strong And Under The Radar Stock Of The Day

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Concho Resources ( CXO) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Concho Resources as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • CXO has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $183.0 million.
  • CXO is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • CXO has a PE ratio of 51.7.
  • CXO is mentioned 0.87 times per day on StockTwits.
  • CXO has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • CXO is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • CXO is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • CXO is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • CXO is currently trading above yesterday's high.

'Strong and Under the Radar' stocks tend to be worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and price action. Market technicians refer to such stocks as being in an accumulation phase before a mark-up and peak. Traders and hedge funds have frequently found that these types of stocks continue to build a solid price base and then ultimately spike higher and peak when others 'discover' how good the stock is performing. By leveraging the social discovery aspect of StockTwits we are highlighting stocks that don't currently receive much attention from retail investors, but we suspect may soon garner more attention.

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More details on CXO:

Concho Resources Inc. operates as an independent oil and natural gas company in the United States. It engages in the acquisition, development, and exploration of oil and natural gas properties. The company principally operates in the Permian Basin region of southeast New Mexico and West Texas. CXO has a PE ratio of 51.7. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Concho Resources a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Concho Resources has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Concho has a market cap of $12.4 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.97 and a short float of 3.1% with 1.83 days to cover. Shares are up 11% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Concho Resources as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 32.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 40.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $75.29 million to $105.79 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $417.38 million or 6.51% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, CONCHO RESOURCES INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -51.05%.
  • The gross profit margin for CONCHO RESOURCES INC is currently very high, coming in at 79.89%. Regardless of CXO's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CXO's net profit margin of 16.73% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Looking ahead, the stock's 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 the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

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