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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Hecla Mining ( HL) as a "dead cat bounce" (down big yesterday but up big today) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Hecla Mining as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • HL has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $12.5 million.
  • HL has traded 505,416 shares today.
  • HL is up 3.1% today.
  • HL was down 10.4% yesterday.

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More details on HL:

Hecla Mining Company, together with its subsidiaries, discovers, acquires, develops, produces, and markets precious and base metal deposits worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.4%. HL has a PE ratio of 46. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Hecla Mining a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Hecla Mining has been 4.6 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Hecla has a market cap of $855.5 million and is part of the basic materials sector and metals & mining industry. The stock has a beta of 0.74 and a short float of 7% with 3.31 days to cover. Shares are down 25.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Hecla Mining as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Metals & Mining industry. The net income increased by 7.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $11.64 million to $12.55 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.37, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 2.70, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, HL has outperformed against the industry average of 17.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 5.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to not be hurting the bottom line, shown by stable earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $21.42 million or 29.50% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow HECLA MINING CO is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -54.90%.
  • HL's stock share price has done very poorly compared to where it was a year ago: Despite any rallies, the net result is that it is down by 26.92%, which is also worse than the performance of the S&P 500 Index. Despite the heavy decline in its share price, this stock is still more expensive (when compared to its current earnings) than most other companies in its industry.

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