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Trade-Ideas LLC identified First Republic Bank (San Francisco CA ( FRC) as a pre-market mover with heavy volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified First Republic Bank (San Francisco CA as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • FRC has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $25.1 million.
  • FRC traded 53,000 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:01 AM, representing 11.1% of its average daily volume.

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More details on FRC:

First Republic Bank, together with its subsidiaries, provides personalized, relationship-based preferred banking, business banking, real estate lending, trust, and wealth management services to clients in metropolitan areas of the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.9%. FRC has a PE ratio of 19.7. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate First Republic Bank (San Francisco CA a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for First Republic Bank (San Francisco CA has been 615,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. First Republic Bank (San Francisco CA has a market cap of $6.9 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates First Republic Bank (San Francisco CA as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 11.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.6%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for FIRST REPUBLIC BANK is currently very high, coming in at 88.66%. Regardless of FRC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FRC's net profit margin of 28.14% significantly outperformed against the industry.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 165.64% to $165.55 million when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 165.64%, FIRST REPUBLIC BANK is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 430.57%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Commercial Banks industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 4.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $110.11 million to $115.30 million.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, FRC's share price has jumped by 38.84%, 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.

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