Trade-Ideas LLC identified Eagle Materials ( EXP) as a "storm the castle" (crossing above the 200-day simple moving average on higher than normal relative volume) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Eagle Materials as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • EXP has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $59.9 million.
  • EXP has traded 484,868 shares today.
  • EXP is trading at 1.57 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • EXP crossed above its 200-day simple moving average.

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More details on EXP:

Eagle Materials Inc. produces and sells construction products and building materials used in residential, industrial, commercial, and infrastructure construction; and products used in oil and natural gas extraction in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.5%. EXP has a PE ratio of 2. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Eagle Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Eagle Materials has been 699,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Eagle has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. The stock has a beta of 1.35 and a short float of 2.3% with 2.11 days to cover. Shares are down 0.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Eagle Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 18.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.0%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displaying stagnant earnings per share.
  • 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. In comparison to the other companies in the Construction Materials industry and the overall market, EAGLE MATERIALS INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of the industry average and is above that of the S&P 500.
  • EAGLE MATERIALS INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, EAGLE MATERIALS INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.71 versus $2.48 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.01 versus $3.71).
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.50, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 0.86 is weak.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Construction Materials industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 0.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $37.71 million to $37.76 million.

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