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

  • HDB has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $76.8 million.
  • HDB is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • HDB has a PE ratio of 37.3.
  • HDB is mentioned 1.81 times per day on StockTwits.
  • HDB has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • HDB is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • HDB is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • HDB is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • HDB is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on HDB:

HDFC Bank Limited, together with its subsidiaries, provides a range of banking and financial services to individuals and businesses in India, as well as in Bahrain and Hong Kong. The company operates in four segments: Retail Banking, Wholesale Banking, Treasury, and Other Banking Operations. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.5%. HDB has a PE ratio of 37.3. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate HDFC Bank a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for HDFC Bank has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. HDFC has a market cap of $48.6 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. Shares are up 20.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates HDFC Bank as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 4.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.2%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • 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 Commercial Banks industry and the overall market, HDFC BANK LTD's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.
  • 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 Commercial Banks industry average. The net income increased by 23.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $301.62 million to $373.43 million.
  • The gross profit margin for HDFC BANK LTD is rather high; currently it is at 54.42%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 17.14% trails the industry average.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 76.20% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. We feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The other strengths this company shows, however, justify the higher price levels.

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