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

  • AUQ has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $13.0 million.
  • AUQ has traded 420,044 shares today.
  • AUQ is trading at 4.81 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • AUQ is trading at a new high 5.02% above yesterday's close.

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More details on AUQ:

AuRico Gold Inc. operates as a gold producer with mines and projects in North America. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.1%. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate AuRico Gold a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for AuRico Gold has been 3.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. AuRico has a market cap of $744.0 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. Shares are down 8.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates AuRico Gold as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Metals & Mining industry and the overall market, AURICO GOLD INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • AUQ'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 33.78%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the Metals & Mining industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 1.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$106.41 million to -$108.26 million.
  • AURICO GOLD INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. This company has not demonstrated a clear trend in earnings over the past 2 years, making it difficult to accurately predict earnings for the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AURICO GOLD INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.68 versus -$0.77 in the prior year.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 138.29% to $28.49 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, AURICO GOLD INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -45.34%.

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