Don't Miss Today's Strong And Under The Radar Stock: FEI (FEIC)

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

  • FEIC has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $17.4 million.
  • FEIC has traded 13.2239000000000004320099833421409130096435546875 options contracts today.
  • FEIC is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • FEIC has a PE ratio of 3.
  • FEIC is mentioned 1.23 times per day on StockTwits.
  • FEIC has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • FEIC is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • FEIC is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • FEIC is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • FEIC is currently trading above yesterday's high.

'Strong and Under the Radar' stocks tend to be worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and price action. Market technicians refer to such stocks as being in an accumulation phase before a mark-up and peak. Traders and hedge funds have frequently found that these types of stocks continue to build a solid price base and then ultimately spike higher and peak when others 'discover' how good the stock is performing. By leveraging the social discovery aspect of StockTwits we are highlighting stocks that don't currently receive much attention from retail investors, but we suspect may soon garner more attention.

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More details on FEIC:

FEI Company supplies scientific instruments and related services for nanoscale applications and solutions for industry and science. It operates through two segments, Industry Group and Science Group. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.4%. FEIC has a PE ratio of 3. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate FEI a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for FEI has been 229,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. FEI has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the technology sector and electronics industry. The stock has a beta of 1.09 and a short float of 8% with 12.43 days to cover. Shares are up 10.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates FEI 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, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • FEIC's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 1.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.5%. 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.
  • FEIC has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. To add to this, FEIC has a quick ratio of 1.82, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $28.14 million or 21.69% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -20.12%.
  • FEI CO's earnings per share declined by 15.2% 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, FEI CO increased its bottom line by earning $2.97 versus $2.48 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.62 versus $2.97).
  • The gross profit margin for FEI CO is rather high; currently it is at 51.47%. Regardless of FEIC's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, FEIC's net profit margin of 10.01% compares favorably to the industry average.

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