Trade-Ideas: Comcast (CMCSA) Is Today's Pre-Market Leader Stock

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

  • CMCSA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $739.0 million.
  • CMCSA traded 20,029 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:28 AM.
  • CMCSA is up 2.1% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on CMCSA:

Comcast Corporation operates as a media and technology company worldwide. It operates through Cable Communications, Cable Networks, Broadcast Television, Filmed Entertainment, and Theme Parks segments. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.8%. CMCSA has a PE ratio of 19.6. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Comcast a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Comcast has been 14.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Comcast has a market cap of $107.4 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. The stock has a beta of 1.05 and a short float of 2.4% with 3.61 days to cover. Shares are down 4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Comcast as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CMCSA's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 4.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. 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.
  • COMCAST CORP has improved earnings per share by 28.6% 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, COMCAST CORP increased its bottom line by earning $2.56 versus $2.29 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.74 versus $2.56).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Media industry average. The net income increased by 26.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $1,518.00 million to $1,913.00 million.

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