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

  • ABB has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $43.1 million.
  • ABB traded 243,085 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:31 AM, representing 11.7% of its average daily volume.

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More details on ABB:

ABB Ltd provides power and automation technologies for utility and industrial customers worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.8%. ABB has a PE ratio of 16. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates ABB a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for ABB has been 2.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. ABB has a market cap of $45.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and industrial industry. Shares are down 5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates ABB as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.55, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.01, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Electrical Equipment industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, ABB LTD has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 12.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 10.1%. The declining revenue appears to have seeped down to the company's bottom line, decreasing earnings per share.
  • The gross profit margin for ABB LTD is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 32.88%. Regardless of ABB's low profit margin, it has managed to increase from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 6.41% trails the industry average.

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