Trade-Ideas: Newfield Exploration Company (NFX) Is Today's Post-Market Leader Stock

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

  • NFX has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $95.5 million.
  • NFX is up 2.2% today from today's close.

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More details on NFX:

Newfield Exploration Company, an independent energy company, is engaged in the exploration, development, and production of crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. Its primary areas of operation include the Mid-Continent, the Rocky Mountains, and onshore Gulf Coast. NFX has a PE ratio of 35.8. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Newfield Exploration Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Newfield Exploration Company has been 3.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Newfield has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.34 and a short float of 4.9% with 2.04 days to cover. Shares are up 27.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Newfield Exploration Company as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 7.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 41.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • NEWFIELD EXPLORATION CO reported significant earnings per share improvement 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 year. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, NEWFIELD EXPLORATION CO turned its bottom line around by earning $0.80 versus -$6.70 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.88 versus $0.80).
  • The gross profit margin for NEWFIELD EXPLORATION CO is currently very high, coming in at 73.49%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 3.41% trails the industry average.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, NEWFIELD EXPLORATION CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.25 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. To add to this, NFX has a quick ratio of 0.51, this demonstrates the lack of ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.

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