Trade-Ideas LLC identified Martin Marietta Materials ( MLM) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Martin Marietta Materials as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • MLM has 17x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.39 mentions/day.
  • MLM has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $164.7 million.

Identifying stocks with 'Unusual Social Activity' tends to be a valuable process for traders looking to capitalize on the 'talk of the town' stocks that are basking in far more attention from the StockTwits financial community than normal. Good press? Bad press? It ultimately doesn't matter if it's good or bad if you know how to trade around the sentiment. Certain hedge funds use such data for their proprietary algorithms and it is not uncommon to see shared social sentiment play itself out in a stock's price trend.

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More details on MLM:

Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, supplies aggregates products and heavy building materials for the construction industry in the United States and internationally. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.4%. MLM has a PE ratio of 29. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Martin Marietta Materials a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Martin Marietta Materials has been 842,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Martin Marietta has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector and materials & construction industry. The stock has a beta of 1.12 and a short float of 7.8% with 4.17 days to cover. Shares are down 5.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Martin Marietta Materials as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 11.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • 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. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Construction Materials industry. The net income increased by 118.7% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $53.74 million to $117.54 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $192.51 million or 46.65% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS's cash flow growth rate is still lower than the industry average growth rate of 80.45%.
  • MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. 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, MARTIN MARIETTA MATERIALS reported lower earnings of $2.53 versus $2.61 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($4.66 versus $2.53).

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