Swift Energy (SFY) Stock: Weak On High Volume Today

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

  • SFY has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $4.1 million.
  • SFY has traded 215,006 shares today.
  • SFY is trading at 2.43 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • SFY is trading at a new low 3.06% below yesterday's close.

'Weak on High Relative Volume' stocks are worth watching because major volume moves tend to indicate underlying activity such as material stock news, analyst downgrades, insider selling, selling from 'superinvestors,' or that hedge funds and traders are piling out of a stock ahead of a catalyst. Regardless of the impetus behind the price and volume action, when a stock moves with strength and volume it can indicate the start of a new trend on which early investors can capitalize (or avoid losses by trimming weak positions). In the event of a well-timed trading opportunity, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends and a disciplined trading methodology should help you take the first steps towards investment success.

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More details on SFY:

Swift Energy Company, an independent oil and gas company, acquires, explores, develops, and operates oil and gas properties. The company focuses on the Eagle Ford trend of South Texas, as well as the onshore and inland waters of Louisiana. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Swift Energy a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Swift Energy has been 2.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Swift Energy has a market cap of $129.0 million and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 3.72 and a short float of 33.5% with 10.27 days to cover. Shares are down 28.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Swift Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 1074.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$25.39 million to -$298.17 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.35 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.33, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, SWIFT ENERGY CO's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $54.20 million or 36.86% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow of 36.86%, SWIFT ENERGY CO is in line with the industry average cash flow growth rate of -42.26%.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 75.51%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 1052.54% compared to the year-earlier quarter. 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.

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