NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) On Momo Momentum Watch Today

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified NXP Semiconductors ( NXPI) as a momo momentum candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified NXP Semiconductors as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • NXPI has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $233.8 million.
  • NXPI has a PE ratio of 37.4.
  • NXPI is currently in the upper 30% of its 1-year range.
  • NXPI is in the upper 25% of its 20-day range.
  • NXPI is in the upper 35% of its 5-day range.
  • NXPI is currently trading above yesterday's high.
  • NXPI has experienced a gap between today's open and yesterday's close of 0.6%.

'Momo Momentum' stocks are valuable stocks to watch for a variety of reasons including historical back testing and price action. Market technicians refer to such stocks as being in a mark-up phase before a possible distribution period and price decline. Technical analysts and traders frequently find that the factors referenced above tend to create a temporary burst of strong wind in a stock's sail. Nevertheless, all successful traders must excel at maximizing gains while keeping losses to an absolute minimum. For that reason, the holding period on momo momentum stocks must always be a primary consideration, and this part of the puzzle is ultimately at the discretion of each individual's risk tolerance and portfolio risk management skills.

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More details on NXPI:

NXP Semiconductors N.V. provides high performance mixed signal and standard product solutions for radio frequency (RF), analog, power management, interface, security, and digital processing products worldwide. NXPI has a PE ratio of 37.4. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate NXP Semiconductors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for NXP Semiconductors has been 2.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. NXP Semiconductors has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. The stock has a beta of 2.14 and a short float of 0.8% with 0.99 days to cover. Shares are up 51.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates NXP Semiconductors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • NXPI's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 10.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • NXP SEMICONDUCTORS NV has improved earnings per share by 48.8% 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, NXP SEMICONDUCTORS NV turned its bottom line around by earning $1.34 versus -$0.48 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.66 versus $1.34).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry average. The net income increased by 43.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $111.00 million to $159.00 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 Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, NXP SEMICONDUCTORS NV's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 51.25% to $242.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 6.92%.

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