New Lifetime High Reached By PepsiCo (PEP)

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified PepsiCo ( PEP) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified PepsiCo as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PEP has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $401.4 million.
  • PEP has traded 555,128 shares today.
  • PEP is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on PEP:

PepsiCo, Inc. operates as a food and beverage company worldwide. Its Frito-Lay North America segment offers Lay's and Ruffles potato chips, Doritos and Tostitos tortilla chips, Cheetos cheese flavored snacks, dips, Fritos corn chips, and Santitas tortilla chips. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.7%. PEP has a PE ratio of 21.7. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate PepsiCo a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for PepsiCo has been 4.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. PepsiCo has a market cap of $146.6 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and food & beverage industry. The stock has a beta of 0.33 and a short float of 0.6% with 2.41 days to cover. Shares are up 18.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates PepsiCo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share 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:
  • PEP's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The stock has risen over the past year as investors have generally rewarded the company for its earnings growth and other positive factors like the ones we have cited in this report. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • PEPSICO INC has improved earnings per share by 7.3% 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, PEPSICO INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.32 versus $3.92 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.60 versus $4.32).
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Beverages industry and the overall market, PEPSICO INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $4,021.00 million or 10.25% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PEPSICO INC has also modestly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 2.85%.

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