Heavy Trading On Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) Before Market Open

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Royal Dutch Shell ( RDS.A) as a pre-market mover with heavy volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Royal Dutch Shell as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • RDS.A has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $142.6 million.
  • RDS.A traded 671,696 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:15 AM, representing 27.7% of its average daily volume.

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More details on RDS.A:

Royal Dutch Shell plc operates as an independent oil and gas company worldwide. It operates through Upstream and Downstream segments. The company explores for and extracts crude oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 5.4%. RDS.A has a PE ratio of 7.

The average volume for Royal Dutch Shell has been 3.5 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Royal Dutch Shell has a market cap of $186.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 10.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Royal Dutch Shell as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • RDS.A's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.26 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 0.90 is somewhat weak and could be cause for future problems.
  • ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC' earnings per share from the most recent quarter came in slightly below the year earlier quarter. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past two years. However, we anticipate this trend to reverse over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ROYAL DUTCH SHELL PLC reported lower earnings of $4.70 versus $5.18 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($7.44 versus $4.70).
  • RDS.A, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 38.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 40.1%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income has decreased by 1.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $4,509.00 million to $4,430.00 million.

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