Penn West Petroleum (PWE) Is Today's Strong On High Volume Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Penn West Petroleum ( PWE) as a strong on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Penn West Petroleum as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PWE has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $3.7 million.
  • PWE has traded 527,299 shares today.
  • PWE is trading at 2.57 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • PWE is trading at a new high 4.40% above yesterday's close.

'Strong on High Relative Volume' stocks are worth watching because major volume moves tend to indicate underlying activity such as M&A events, material stock news, analyst upgrades, insider buying, buying from 'superinvestors,' or that hedge funds and momentum traders are piling into 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. 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 PWE:

Penn West Petroleum Ltd. explores for, develops, and produces oil and natural gas properties in western Canada. The company's properties are located in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and the Northwest Territories, Canada; and Wyoming, the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.6%. Currently there are no analysts that rate Penn West Petroleum a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Penn West Petroleum has been 3.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Penn West has a market cap of $878.8 million and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. Shares are down 12.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Penn West Petroleum as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD reported poor results of -$3.49 versus -$1.66 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 178.7% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$89.00 million to -$248.00 million.
  • 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. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 81.78%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 172.22% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $156.00 million or 32.75% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow PENN WEST PETROLEUM LTD is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -53.29%.

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