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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Hecla Mining ( HL) as a strong on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Hecla Mining as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • HL has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $15.2 million.
  • HL has traded 516,351 shares today.
  • HL is trading at 2.49 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • HL is trading at a new high 3.23% above yesterday's close.

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More details on HL:

Hecla Mining Company, together with its subsidiaries, discovers, acquires, develops, produces, and markets precious and base metals worldwide. It offers unrefined gold and silver bullion bars to precious metals traders; and lead, zinc, and bulk concentrates to custom smelters. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.4%. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Hecla Mining a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Hecla Mining has been 4.8 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Hecla has a market cap of $919.2 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. The stock has a beta of 1.46 and a short float of 5% with 2.99 days to cover. Shares are down 19.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Hecla Mining as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 0.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 37.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.39, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, HL has a quick ratio of 1.71, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • HECLA MINING CO reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, HECLA MINING CO swung to a loss, reporting -$0.08 versus $0.05 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.01 versus -$0.08).
  • HL has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.41% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, HECLA MINING CO underperformed against that of the industry average and is significantly less than that of the S&P 500.

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