Watch For Today's Momo Momentum Stock: NXP Semiconductors (NXPI)

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified NXP Semiconductors ( NXPI) as a momo momentum candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified NXP Semiconductors as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • NXPI has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $264.5 million.
  • NXPI has a PE ratio of 55.
  • NXPI is currently in the upper 30% of its 1-year range.
  • NXPI is in the upper 25% of its 20-day range.
  • NXPI is in the upper 35% of its 5-day range.
  • NXPI is currently trading above yesterday's high.
  • NXPI has experienced a gap between today's open and yesterday's close of 0.7%.

'Momo Momentum' stocks are valuable stocks to watch for a variety of reasons including historical back testing and price action. Market technicians refer to such stocks as being in a mark-up phase before a possible distribution period and price decline. Technical analysts and traders frequently find that the factors referenced above tend to create a temporary burst of strong wind in a stock's sail. Nevertheless, all successful traders must excel at maximizing gains while keeping losses to an absolute minimum. For that reason, the holding period on momo momentum stocks must always be a primary consideration, and this part of the puzzle is ultimately at the discretion of each individual's risk tolerance and portfolio risk management skills.

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More details on NXPI:

NXP Semiconductors N.V., a semiconductor company, provides high performance mixed signal and standard product solutions for radio frequency (RF), analog, power management, interface, security, and digital processing products worldwide. NXPI has a PE ratio of 55. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate NXP Semiconductors a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for NXP Semiconductors has been 3.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. NXP Semiconductors has a market cap of $24.0 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. The stock has a beta of 1.13 and a short float of 2.9% with 3.14 days to cover. Shares are up 34.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates NXP Semiconductors as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 0.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 17.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Semiconductors & Semiconductor Equipment industry and the overall market, NXP SEMICONDUCTORS NV's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $368.00 million or 34.79% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 14.84%.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, NXPI's share price has jumped by 72.42%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • NXP SEMICONDUCTORS NV 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. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, NXP SEMICONDUCTORS NV increased its bottom line by earning $2.17 versus $1.34 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.82 versus $2.17).

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