Today's Dead Cat Bounce Stock: 21Vianet Group (VNET)

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified 21Vianet Group ( VNET) as a "dead cat bounce" (down big yesterday but up big today) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified 21Vianet Group as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • VNET has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $16.8 million.
  • VNET has traded 102,139 shares today.
  • VNET is up 3.5% today.
  • VNET was down 5.3% yesterday.

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More details on VNET:

21Vianet Group, Inc. provides carrier-neutral Internet data center services to Internet companies, government entities, blue-chip enterprises, and small- to mid-sized enterprises in the People's Republic of China. VNET has a PE ratio of 99.3. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate 21Vianet Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for 21Vianet Group has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. 21Vianet Group has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 7.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates 21Vianet Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 11.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 35.1%. 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.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, VNET's share price has jumped by 182.55%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Although VNET had significant growth over the past year, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock at the current time.
  • 37.02% is the gross profit margin for 21VIANET GROUP INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -0.84% is in-line with the industry average.
  • 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 Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, 21VIANET GROUP INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Internet Software & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 111.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $6.88 million to -$0.79 million.

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