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

  • BLKB has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $11.5 million.
  • BLKB has traded 34.3581999999999965211827657185494899749755859375 options contracts today.
  • BLKB is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • BLKB has a PE ratio of 112.
  • BLKB is mentioned 1.32 times per day on StockTwits.
  • BLKB has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • BLKB is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • BLKB is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • BLKB is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • BLKB 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 BLKB:

Blackbaud, Inc. provides software solutions and related services for nonprofit, education institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations, charitable giving entities, and corporations worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.7%. BLKB has a PE ratio of 112. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Blackbaud a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Blackbaud has been 194,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. Blackbaud has a market cap of $3.1 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.74 and a short float of 4.2% with 11.36 days to cover. Shares are down 0.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Blackbaud as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and growth in earnings per share. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • BLKB's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 10.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Software industry. The net income increased by 16.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $4.29 million to $5.00 million.
  • The gross profit margin for BLACKBAUD INC is rather high; currently it is at 62.74%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Despite the strong results of the gross profit margin, BLKB's net profit margin of 2.95% significantly trails the industry average.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 25.53% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. We feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The other strengths this company shows, however, justify the higher price levels.
  • BLACKBAUD INC has improved earnings per share by 22.2% 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, BLACKBAUD INC reported lower earnings of $0.55 versus $0.61 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.92 versus $0.55).

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