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

  • DEG has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $2.8 million.
  • DEG has traded 1.3432999999999999385380533567513339221477508544921875 options contracts today.
  • DEG is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • DEG has a PE ratio of 8.
  • DEG is mentioned 0.90 times per day on StockTwits.
  • DEG has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • DEG is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • DEG is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • DEG is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • DEG is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on DEG:

Etablissements Delhaize Freres et Cie 'Le Lion' (Groupe Delhaize) Societe Anonyme, together with its subsidiaries, operates food supermarkets. It also operates other store formats, including proximity, cash and carry, and specialty stores. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.3%. DEG has a PE ratio of 8. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Delhaize Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for Delhaize Group has been 77,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. Delhaize Group has a market cap of $10.1 billion and is part of the services sector and retail industry. Shares are up 2.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Delhaize Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures 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 greatly exceeded the industry average of 11.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 20.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.42, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that DEG's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.65, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • DELHAIZE GROUP - ETS DLHZ FR's earnings per share declined by 9.1% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past year. However, we anticipate this trend reversing over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, DELHAIZE GROUP - ETS DLHZ FR reported lower earnings of $0.55 versus $0.91 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.31 versus $0.55).
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Food & Staples Retailing industry average. The net income has decreased by 1.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from $133.93 million to $131.82 million.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period, despite the company's weak earnings results. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

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