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Trade-Ideas LLC identified FirstEnergy ( FE) as a "storm the castle" (crossing above the 200-day simple moving average on higher than normal relative volume) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified FirstEnergy as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • FE has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $116.9 million.
  • FE has traded 982,752 shares today.
  • FE is trading at 1.51 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • FE crossed above its 200-day simple moving average.

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More details on FE:

FirstEnergy Corp., a diversified energy company, generates, transmits, and distributes electricity in the United States. The company operates through Regulated Distribution, Regulated Transmission, and Competitive Energy Services segments. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.5%. FE has a PE ratio of 35.5. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate FirstEnergy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

The average volume for FirstEnergy has been 3.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. FirstEnergy has a market cap of $14.0 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. The stock has a beta of -0.04 and a short float of 3.4% with 3.58 days to cover. Shares are up 3.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates FirstEnergy as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • FE's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 4.7%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Electric Utilities industry. The net income increased by 195.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$148.00 million to $142.00 million.
  • FIRSTENERGY CORP reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, FIRSTENERGY CORP reported lower earnings of $0.90 versus $1.80 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.61 versus $0.90).
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.63 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.19, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Electric Utilities industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, FIRSTENERGY CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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