Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. Trade-Ideas LLC identified Covidien ( COV) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Covidien as such a stock due to the following factors:
- COV has more that 20x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.63 mentions/day.
- COV has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $163.9 million.
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- Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 7.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 2.8%. 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 return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry and the overall market, COVIDIEN PLC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
- Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 84.16% to $221.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, COVIDIEN PLC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 7.34%.
- Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that COV's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.61 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
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