Trade-Ideas: CBS (CBS) Is Today's Post-Market Laggard Stock

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Trade-Ideas LLC identified CBS ( CBS) as a post-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified CBS as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • CBS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $446.2 million.
  • CBS is down 3.2% today from today's close.

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More details on CBS:

CBS Corporation operates as a mass media company in the United States and internationally. It operates through Entertainment, Cable Networks, Publishing, Local Broadcasting segments. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.8%. CBS has a PE ratio of 18.7. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate CBS a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for CBS has been 14.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. CBS has a market cap of $30.2 billion and is part of the services sector and media industry. The stock has a beta of 1.99 and a short float of 1.8% with 13.65 days to cover. Shares are down 9.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates CBS as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CBS CORP has improved earnings per share by 6.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, CBS CORP increased its bottom line by earning $3.01 versus $2.48 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.33 versus $3.01).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Media industry average. The net income increased by 5.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $443.00 million to $468.00 million.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, CBS CORP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.
  • 40.77% is the gross profit margin for CBS CORP 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 12.13% trails the industry average.

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