Watch Out: Barbarians At The Gate For Staples (SPLS)

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Staples ( SPLS) as a "barbarian at the gate" (strong stocks crossing above resistance with today's range greater than 200%) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Staples as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • SPLS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $131.3 million.
  • SPLS has traded 6.6 million shares today.
  • SPLS traded in a range 239.1% of the normal price range with a price range of $0.71.
  • SPLS traded above its daily resistance level (quality: 299 days, meaning that the stock is crossing a resistance level set by the last 299 calendar days. The resistance price is defined by the Price - $0.01 at the time of the signal).

Stocks matching the 'Barbarian at the Gate' criteria are worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and volatility. Trade-Ideas targets these opportunities because the stock is exhibiting an unusual behavior while displaying positive price action. In this case, the stock crossed an important inflection point; namely, 'resistance' while at the same time the range of the stock's movement in price is more than twice its normal size. This large range foreshadows a possible continuation as the stock moves higher.

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More details on SPLS:

Staples, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates office products superstores. It operates in three segments: North American Stores & Online, North American Commercial, and International Operations. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.7%. SPLS has a PE ratio of 13.9. Currently there are no analysts that rate Staples a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Staples has been 9.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Staples has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the services sector and specialty retail industry. The stock has a beta of 1.82 and a short float of 11.7% with 7.86 days to cover. Shares are down 19.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Staples as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • SPLS's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.19 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that SPLS's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.64, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • SPLS, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 1.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.8%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for STAPLES INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 27.02%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.56% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$56.27 million or 1406725.00% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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