Trade-Ideas LLC identified China Lodging Group ( HTHT) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified China Lodging Group as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • HTHT has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $3.1 million.
  • HTHT has traded 6.19399999999999995026200849679298698902130126953125 options contracts today.
  • HTHT is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • HTHT has a PE ratio of 31.
  • HTHT is mentioned 0.48 times per day on StockTwits.
  • HTHT has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • HTHT is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • HTHT is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • HTHT is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • HTHT is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on HTHT:

China Lodging Group, Limited and its subsidiaries develop leased, manachised, and franchised hotels in the People's Republic of China. HTHT has a PE ratio of 31. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate China Lodging Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for China Lodging Group has been 175,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. China Lodging Group has a market cap of $1.7 billion and is part of the services sector and leisure industry. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates China Lodging Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.8%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • CHINA LODGING GROUP LTD -ADR has improved earnings per share by 15.6% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, CHINA LODGING GROUP LTD -ADR increased its bottom line by earning $0.77 versus $0.74 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($5.59 versus $0.77).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Hotels, Restaurants & Leisure industry. The net income increased by 20.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $20.02 million to $24.06 million.
  • 36.78% is the gross profit margin for CHINA LODGING GROUP LTD -ADR which we consider to be strong. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 10.23% trails the industry average.
  • After a year of stock price fluctuations, the net result is that HTHT's price has not changed very much. Although its weak earnings growth may have played a role in this flat result, don't lose sight of the fact that the performance of the overall market, as measured by the S&P 500 Index, was essentially similar. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.

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