Today's Unusual Social Activity Stock: Praxair (PX)

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Praxair ( PX) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Praxair as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PX has more that 20x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.00 mentions/day.
  • PX has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $171.1 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on PX:

Praxair, Inc. produces, sells, and distributes atmospheric, process, and specialty gases, as well as surface coatings in North America, Europe, South America, and Asia. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2%. PX has a PE ratio of 22.6. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Praxair a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Praxair has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Praxair has a market cap of $39.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and chemicals industry. The stock has a beta of 0.73 and a short float of 1.9% with 4.24 days to cover. Shares are up 1.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Praxair as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • PRAXAIR INC has improved earnings per share by 15.2% 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, PRAXAIR INC increased its bottom line by earning $5.87 versus $5.61 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.47 versus $5.87).
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 12.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 43.55% is the gross profit margin for PRAXAIR INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 15.74% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $964.00 million or 9.67% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, PRAXAIR INC's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 13.34%.
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat 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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