Trade-Ideas: Ross Stores (ROST) Is Today's Post-Market Leader Stock

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

  • ROST has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $115.7 million.
  • ROST is up 2.5% today from today's close.

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More details on ROST:

Ross Stores, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates off-price retail apparel and home fashion stores under the Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS brand names in the United States. The company primarily offers apparel, accessories, footwear, and home fashions. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.1%. ROST has a PE ratio of 17.5. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Ross Stores a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Ross Stores has been 1.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Ross Stores has a market cap of $14.7 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. The stock has a beta of 0.67 and a short float of 2.3% with 4.70 days to cover. Shares are down 6.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Ross Stores as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, good cash flow from operations, increase in net income and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • ROST's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 0.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • ROSS STORES INC has improved earnings per share by 7.5% 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, ROSS STORES INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.87 versus $3.53 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.21 versus $3.87).
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $504.58 million or 42.99% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -5.57%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Specialty Retail industry average. The net income increased by 4.0% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $234.61 million to $243.91 million.
  • ROST's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.07 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.45 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.

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