Vail Resorts (MTN) Highlighted As Strong And Under The Radar Stock Of The Day

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Vail Resorts ( MTN) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Vail Resorts as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • MTN has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $25.8 million.
  • MTN is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • MTN has a PE ratio of 83.4.
  • MTN is mentioned 1.42 times per day on StockTwits.
  • MTN has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • MTN is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • MTN is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • MTN is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • MTN is currently trading above yesterday's high.

'Strong and Under the Radar' stocks tend to be worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and price action. Market technicians refer to such stocks as being in an accumulation phase before a mark-up and peak. Traders and hedge funds have frequently found that these types of stocks continue to build a solid price base and then ultimately spike higher and peak when others 'discover' how good the stock is performing. By leveraging the social discovery aspect of StockTwits we are highlighting stocks that don't currently receive much attention from retail investors, but we suspect may soon garner more attention.

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More details on MTN:

Vail Resorts, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates mountain resorts and urban ski areas in the United States. The company operates in three segments: Mountain, Lodging, and Real Estate. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.9%. MTN has a PE ratio of 83.4. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Vail Resorts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Vail Resorts has been 225,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Vail has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. The stock has a beta of 0.67 and a short float of 5.8% with 6.27 days to cover. Shares are up 17.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Vail Resorts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. 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:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • VAIL RESORTS INC has improved earnings per share by 13.2% 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, VAIL RESORTS INC reported lower earnings of $0.78 versus $0.94 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.67 versus $0.78).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 12.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$73.38 million to -$64.28 million.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry and the overall market, VAIL RESORTS INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

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