BP (BP) Is Today's Pre-Market Laggard Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified BP ( BP) as a pre-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified BP as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • BP has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $187.1 million.
  • BP traded 45,844 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 7:45 AM.
  • BP is down 2% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on BP:

BP p.l.c. provides fuel for transportation, energy for heat and light, lubricants to engines, and petrochemicals products worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.8%. BP has a PE ratio of 6.5. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate BP a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for BP has been 5.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. BP has a market cap of $162.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 2.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates BP as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.37, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.87 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, BP PLC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 7.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 0.2%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.

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