Trade-Ideas: Youku Tudou (YOKU) Is Today's

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Youku Tudou ( YOKU) as a "barbarian at the gate" (strong stocks crossing above resistance with today's range greater than 200%) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Youku Tudou as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • YOKU has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $63.8 million.
  • YOKU has traded 4.2 million shares today.
  • YOKU traded in a range 233.6% of the normal price range with a price range of $2.36.
  • YOKU traded above its daily resistance level (quality: 177 days, meaning that the stock is crossing a resistance level set by the last 177 calendar days. The resistance price is defined by the Price - $0.01 at the time of the signal).

Stocks matching the 'Barbarian at the Gate' criteria are worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and volatility. Trade-Ideas targets these opportunities because the stock is exhibiting an unusual behavior while displaying positive price action. In this case, the stock crossed an important inflection point; namely, 'resistance' while at the same time the range of the stock's movement in price is more than twice its normal size. This large range foreshadows a possible continuation as the stock moves higher.

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More details on YOKU:

Youku Tudou Inc. operates as an Internet television company in the People's Republic of China. Its Internet television platform enables users to search, view, and share video content across various devices. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Youku Tudou a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Youku Tudou has been 2.9 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Youku Tudou has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. Shares are up 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Youku Tudou as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • YOUKU TUDOU INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, YOUKU TUDOU INC reported poor results of -$0.76 versus -$0.58 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 810.9% in earnings (-$6.92 versus -$0.76).
  • 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 Internet Software & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 894.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$5.06 million to -$50.27 million.
  • The gross profit margin for YOUKU TUDOU INC is rather low; currently it is at 22.25%. It has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Along with this, the net profit margin of -25.27% is significantly below that of the industry average.
  • The share price of YOUKU TUDOU INC has not done very well: it is down 5.41% and has underperformed the S&P 500, in part reflecting the company's sharply declining earnings per share when compared to the year-earlier quarter. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, YOUKU TUDOU INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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