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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Polaris Industries ( PII) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Polaris Industries as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PII has more that 20x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.90 mentions/day.
  • PII has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $166.3 million.

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More details on PII:

Polaris Industries Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, engineers, manufactures, and markets off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and small vehicles in the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.4%. PII has a PE ratio of 21.8. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Polaris Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Polaris Industries has been 705,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Polaris has a market cap of $9.0 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and automotive industry. The stock has a beta of 1.04 and a short float of 9.2% with 4.77 days to cover. Shares are down 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Polaris Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • POLARIS INDUSTRIES INC has improved earnings per share by 25.6% 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, POLARIS INDUSTRIES INC increased its bottom line by earning $5.40 versus $4.40 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.61 versus $5.40).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Leisure Equipment & Products industry average. The net income increased by 24.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $113.14 million to $140.83 million.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. When compared to other companies in the Leisure Equipment & Products industry and the overall market, POLARIS INDUSTRIES INC's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • PII's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.27 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.42 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.

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