Strong Upward Pre-Market Activity For Bank Of America Corporation (BAC)

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Bank of America Corporation ( BAC) as a pre-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Bank of America Corporation as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • BAC has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $1.1 billion.
  • BAC traded 2.8 million shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:00 AM.
  • BAC is up 2.2% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on BAC:

Bank of America Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides various banking and financial products and services for individual consumers, small and middle market businesses, institutional investors, corporations, and governments in the United States and internationally. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.3%. BAC has a PE ratio of 20.2. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Bank of America Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Bank of America Corporation has been 75.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Bank of America has a market cap of $161.7 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. The stock has a beta of 1.98 and a short float of 0.9% with 1.49 days to cover. Shares are unchanged year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Bank of America Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins, notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for BANK OF AMERICA CORP is currently very high, coming in at 84.82%. 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 -1.08% is in-line with the industry average.
  • BAC, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 2.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.6%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing 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 Commercial Banks industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, BANK OF AMERICA CORP underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

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