Stock To Watch: HomeAway (AWAY) In Perilous Reversal

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified HomeAway ( AWAY) as a "perilous reversal" (up big yesterday but down big today) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified HomeAway as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • AWAY has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $35.3 million.
  • AWAY has traded 189,481 shares today.
  • AWAY is down 4.4% today.
  • AWAY was up 8.2% yesterday.

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More details on AWAY:

HomeAway, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, operates an online vacation rental property marketplace that enables property owners and managers to market properties for rental to vacation travelers. AWAY has a PE ratio of 409. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate HomeAway a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for HomeAway has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. HomeAway has a market cap of $2.7 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. The stock has a beta of 1.02 and a short float of 6.9% with 5.40 days to cover. Shares are down 5.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates HomeAway as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • AWAY's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 5.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.6%. 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.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 3.48 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, HOMEAWAY INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The share price of HOMEAWAY INC has not done very well: it is down 8.31% 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. Looking ahead, we do not see anything in this company's numbers that would change the one-year trend. It was down over the last twelve months; and it could be down again in the next twelve. Naturally, a bull or bear market could sway the movement of this stock.

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