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Trade-Ideas LLC identified FirstEnergy ( FE) as a post-market leader 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 $141.3 million.
  • FE is up 2.4% today from today's close.

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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 4.6%. FE has a PE ratio of 43.2. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate FirstEnergy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

The average volume for FirstEnergy has been 3.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. FirstEnergy has a market cap of $13.2 billion and is part of the utilities sector and utilities industry. The stock has a beta of -0.07 and a short float of 4.1% with 3.35 days to cover. Shares are down 4.3% 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 and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • FE's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 9.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.5%. 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 net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Electric Utilities industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 6.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $196.00 million to $208.00 million.
  • FIRSTENERGY CORP's earnings per share declined by 37.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse 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 ($2.50 versus $0.90).
  • The gross profit margin for FIRSTENERGY CORP is rather low; currently it is at 16.69%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 4.96% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$92.00 million or 284.00% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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