Trade-Ideas: MarkWest Energy Partners (MWE) Is Today's Post-Market Leader Stock

Trade-Ideas LLC identified MarkWest Energy Partners ( MWE) as a post-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified MarkWest Energy Partners as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • MWE has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $60.8 million.
  • MWE is up 2.6% today from today's close.

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More details on MWE:

MarkWest Energy Partners, L.P. engages in the gathering, processing, and transportation of natural gas. The company is also involved in the gathering, transportation, fractionation, storage, and marketing of natural gas liquids; and the gathering and transportation of crude oil. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 8.5%. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate MarkWest Energy Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

The average volume for MarkWest Energy Partners has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. MarkWest Energy has a market cap of $8.7 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.45 and a short float of 2.1% with 3.00 days to cover. Shares are down 35.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates MarkWest Energy Partners as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The gross profit margin for MARKWEST ENERGY PARTNERS LP is rather high; currently it is at 53.40%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -22.08% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, MWE has outperformed against the industry average of 37.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 11.3%. Weakness in the company's revenue seems to have hurt the bottom line, decreasing 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. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, MARKWEST ENERGY PARTNERS LP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to $162.40 million or 33.56% when compared to the same quarter last year. In conjunction, when comparing current results to the industry average, MARKWEST ENERGY PARTNERS LP has marginally lower results.
  • 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 1230.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $8.98 million to -$101.49 million.

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