Trade-Ideas: Seadrill (SDRL) Is Today's Weak On High Relative Volume Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Seadrill ( SDRL) as a weak on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Seadrill as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • SDRL has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $104.1 million.
  • SDRL has traded 4.2 million shares today.
  • SDRL is trading at 2.06 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • SDRL is trading at a new low 3.01% below yesterday's close.

'Weak on High Relative Volume' stocks are worth watching because major volume moves tend to indicate underlying activity such as material stock news, analyst downgrades, insider selling, selling from 'superinvestors,' or that hedge funds and traders are piling out of a stock ahead of a catalyst. Regardless of the impetus behind the price and volume action, when a stock moves with strength and volume it can indicate the start of a new trend on which early investors can capitalize (or avoid losses by trimming weak positions). In the event of a well-timed trading opportunity, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends and a disciplined trading methodology should help you take the first steps towards investment success.

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More details on SDRL:

Seadrill Limited, an offshore drilling contractor, provides offshore drilling services to the oil and gas industry worldwide. The company operates through Floaters and Jack-up Rigs segments. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 28.7%. SDRL has a PE ratio of 2. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Seadrill a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Seadrill has been 12.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Seadrill has a market cap of $5.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.49 and a short float of 11.1% with 4.31 days to cover. Shares are down 4.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Seadrill as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • SDRL's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.9%. 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 debt-to-equity ratio of 1.25 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, SDRL maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.82, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. In comparison to the other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, SEADRILL LTD's return on equity is significantly below that of the industry average and is below that of the S&P 500.

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