New Lifetime High Reached: Intuit (INTU)

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Intuit ( INTU) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Intuit as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • INTU has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $125.1 million.
  • INTU has traded 45,827 shares today.
  • INTU is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on INTU:

Intuit Inc. provides business and financial management solutions for small businesses, consumers, and accounting professionals in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, India, and Singapore. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1%. INTU has a PE ratio of 37. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Intuit a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Intuit has been 1.3 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Intuit has a market cap of $28.6 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.86 and a short float of 2.5% with 5.96 days to cover. Shares are up 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Intuit as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • INTU's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.3%. 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.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, INTU's share price has jumped by 38.44%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, INTU should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • 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 Software industry and the overall market, INTUIT INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $365.00 million or 9.93% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -15.51%.
  • INTU's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.21 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Although the company had a strong debt-to-equity ratio, its quick ratio of 0.94 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.

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