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

  • MCRL has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $4.0 million.
  • MCRL is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • MCRL has a PE ratio of 61.4.
  • MCRL is mentioned 1.35 times per day on StockTwits.
  • MCRL has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • MCRL is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • MCRL is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • MCRL is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • MCRL is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on MCRL:

Micrel, Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, and markets analog, mixed-signal, and digital semiconductor devices primarily in North America, Asia, and Europe. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.4%. MCRL has a PE ratio of 61.4. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Micrel a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for Micrel has been 270,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Micrel has a market cap of $831.0 million and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. The stock has a beta of 1.35 and a short float of 3.9% with 5.68 days to cover. Shares are up 1.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Micrel as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • MCRL has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. To add to this, MCRL has a quick ratio of 2.20, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The gross profit margin for MICREL INC is rather high; currently it is at 56.30%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, MCRL's net profit margin of 5.27% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, MCRL's share price has jumped by 38.59%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, MICREL 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 -$1.36 million or 129.12% 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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