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Trade-Ideas LLC identified LRR Energy ( LRE) as a strong on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified LRR Energy as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • LRE has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $3.8 million.
  • LRE has traded 111,700 shares today.
  • LRE is trading at 5.90 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • LRE is trading at a new high 5.34% above yesterday's close.

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More details on LRE:

LRR Energy, L.P., through its subsidiary, LRE Operating, LLC, operates, acquires, exploits, and develops producing oil and natural gas properties in North America. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 26.8%. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates LRR Energy a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for LRR Energy has been 368,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. LRR Energy has a market cap of $173.0 million and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.02 and a short float of 2.4% with 0.92 days to cover. Shares are up 11.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates LRR Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and generally high debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, LRR ENERGY LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $16.63 million or 19.24% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, LRR ENERGY LP has marginally lower results.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.26 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, LRE has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 2.26, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • LRE's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 53.89%, which is also worse that the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Investors have so far failed to pay much attention to the earnings improvements the company has managed to achieve over the last quarter. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • LRR ENERGY LP reported significant earnings per share improvement 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, LRR ENERGY LP reported poor results of -$1.90 versus $0.00 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.11 versus -$1.90).

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