Strong And Under The Radar Today: Beneficial Bancorp (BNCL)

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

  • BNCL has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $5.3 million.
  • BNCL has traded 0.343299999999999994049204588009160943329334259033203125 options contracts today.
  • BNCL is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • BNCL has a PE ratio of 59.
  • BNCL is mentioned 0.77 times per day on StockTwits.
  • BNCL has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • BNCL is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • BNCL is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • BNCL is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • BNCL 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 BNCL:

Beneficial Bancorp, Inc. operates as a holding company for Beneficial Bank that provides consumer and commercial banking services to individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations in the greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey area. BNCL has a PE ratio of 59. Currently there are no analysts that rate Beneficial Bancorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Beneficial Bancorp has been 377,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Beneficial has a market cap of $1.0 billion and is part of the financial sector and banking industry. The stock has a beta of 0.65 and a short float of 1.9% with 3.98 days to cover. Shares are up 1.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Beneficial Bancorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 14.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 16.9%. 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.
  • BENEFICIAL BANCORP INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from 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, BENEFICIAL BANCORP INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.29 versus $0.22 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.35 versus $0.29).
  • The gross profit margin for BENEFICIAL BANCORP INC is currently very high, coming in at 88.85%. Regardless of BNCL's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, BNCL's net profit margin of 5.45% is significantly lower than the industry average.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Looking ahead, the stock's rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that the other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Thrifts & Mortgage Finance industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 61.0% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $7.06 million to $2.75 million.

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