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

  • HCA has more that 20x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 5.42 mentions/day.
  • HCA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $231.8 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on HCA:

HCA Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides health care services. HCA has a PE ratio of 17.3. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate HCA Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for HCA Holdings has been 4.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. HCA has a market cap of $30.3 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.04 and a short float of 3.8% with 3.60 days to cover. Shares are down 3.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates HCA Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and compelling growth in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 29.34% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 43.16% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, HCA should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • HCA HOLDINGS INC has improved earnings per share by 29.3% 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, HCA HOLDINGS INC increased its bottom line by earning $4.18 versus $3.36 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.92 versus $4.18).
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 18.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $1,627.00 million or 32.70% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 32.70%, HCA HOLDINGS INC is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 105.25%.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500, but is less than that of the Health Care Providers & Services industry average. The net income increased by 24.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $424.00 million to $527.00 million.

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