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

  • HME has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $20.1 million.
  • HME has traded 4,464 shares today.
  • HME is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on HME:

Home Properties, Inc. is an independent real estate investment trust. The firm invests in the real estate markets of the United States. It is engaged in the ownership, management, acquisition, rehabilitation and development of residential apartment communities. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 4.3%. HME has a PE ratio of 40.5. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Home Properties a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Home Properties has been 312,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. Home has a market cap of $3.9 billion and is part of the financial sector and real estate industry. The stock has a beta of 0.23 and a short float of 3% with 4.12 days to cover. Shares are up 4.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Home Properties as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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. 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.
  • HOME PROPERTIES INC has improved earnings per share by 7.1% 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, HOME PROPERTIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.65 versus $1.24 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.72 versus $1.65).
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 13.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 5.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $69.75 million or 1.16% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, HOME PROPERTIES INC's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 6.60%.

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