Trade-Ideas LLC identified Diamond Offshore Drilling ( DO) as a strong on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Diamond Offshore Drilling as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • DO has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $60.8 million.
  • DO has traded 400,864 shares today.
  • DO is trading at 3.33 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • DO is trading at a new high 4.03% above yesterday's close.

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More details on DO:

Diamond Offshore Drilling, Inc. provides contract drilling services to the energy industry worldwide. It provides services in floater market, including ultra-deepwater, deepwater, and mid-water. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3%. DO has a PE ratio of 52. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Diamond Offshore Drilling a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Diamond Offshore Drilling has been 2.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the basic materials sector and energy industry. The stock has a beta of 1.09 and a short float of 24.8% with 7.11 days to cover. Shares are up 18.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Diamond Offshore Drilling as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income increased by 134.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$255.71 million to $87.43 million.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.47, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.31, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • 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 Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, DIAMOND OFFSHRE DRILLING INC has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • Despite the weak revenue results, DO has outperformed against the industry average of 35.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues fell by 24.1%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • In its most recent trading session, DO has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.

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