Pandora Media (P) Is Today's Unusual Social Activity Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Pandora Media ( P) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Pandora Media as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • P has 12x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 26.87 mentions/day.
  • P has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $160.3 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on P:

Pandora Media, Inc. provides Internet radio services in the United States. The company allows listeners to create up to 100 personalized stations to access free music and comedy, as well as offers Pandora One, a paid subscription service to listeners. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Pandora Media a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Pandora Media has been 8.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Pandora Media has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. The stock has a beta of 0.61 and a short float of 8.2% with 3.18 days to cover. Shares are up 8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Pandora Media as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been generally deteriorating net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Internet Software & Services industry average. The net income has decreased by 1.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$28.59 million to -$28.93 million.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, PANDORA MEDIA INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • PANDORA MEDIA INC has improved earnings per share by 12.5% 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, PANDORA MEDIA INC reported poor results of -$0.30 versus -$0.19 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.17 versus -$0.30).
  • 38.29% is the gross profit margin for PANDORA MEDIA INC which we consider to be strong. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -14.88% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 82.27% to -$2.24 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PANDORA MEDIA INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 18.54%.

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