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

  • EXPR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $13.9 million.
  • EXPR has traded 432,968 shares today.
  • EXPR is trading at 3.23 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • EXPR is trading at a new high 3.05% above yesterday's close.

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More details on EXPR:

Express, Inc. operates as a specialty apparel and accessory retailer primarily in the United States. Its stores provide apparel and accessories for women and men between 20 and 30 years old across various aspects of the lifestyles comprising work, casual, jeanswear, and going-out occasions. EXPR has a PE ratio of 15.9. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Express a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Express has been 1.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Express has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. The stock has a beta of 2.30 and a short float of 3.5% with 2.94 days to cover. Shares are down 4.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Express as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.39, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.72 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • 35.46% is the gross profit margin for EXPRESS INC which we consider to be strong. Regardless of EXPR's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 2.93% trails the industry average.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Specialty Retail industry and the overall market, EXPRESS INC's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$6.80 million or 714.09% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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