Phillips 66 (PSX) Highlighted As Weak On High Volume

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Phillips 66 ( PSX) as a weak on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Phillips 66 as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PSX has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $359.8 million.
  • PSX has traded 630,062 shares today.
  • PSX is trading at 4.22 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • PSX is trading at a new low 5.01% below yesterday's close.

'Weak on High Relative Volume' stocks are worth watching because major volume moves tend to indicate underlying activity such as material stock news, analyst downgrades, insider selling, selling from 'superinvestors,' or that hedge funds and traders are piling out of a stock ahead of a catalyst. Regardless of the impetus behind the price and volume action, when a stock moves with strength and volume it can indicate the start of a new trend on which early investors can capitalize (or avoid losses by trimming weak positions). In the event of a well-timed trading opportunity, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends and a disciplined trading methodology should help you take the first steps towards investment success.

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More details on PSX:

Phillips 66 operates as an energy manufacturing and logistics company. It operates in four segments: Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, Marketing and Specialties. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.5%. PSX has a PE ratio of 12.4. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Phillips 66 a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Phillips 66 has been 4.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Phillips 66 has a market cap of $44.0 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.87 and a short float of 1.8% with 2.04 days to cover. Shares are up 3.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Phillips 66 as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, reflecting both the market's overall trend during that period and the fact that the company's earnings growth has been robust. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income increased by 120.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $535.00 million to $1,180.00 million.
  • PSX's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.29 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.86 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • 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 Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, PHILLIPS 66 has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.

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