Chaikin Stock Report for Barclays PLC $BCS 02-15-2012

The Chaikin Power Gauge RatingTM for this Barclays PLC $BCS stock report is bullish due to very attractive financial metrics, bullish price/volume activity and positive expert opinions. The rating also reflects very weak earnings performance. BCS’s financial metrics are excellent due to a low price to book value and relatively high cash flow.

Financial Metrics Rating – Very Bullish

BCS’s financial metrics are excellent. The company may be undervalued and generates high free cash flow relative to market capitalization. The rank is based on a high long-term debt to equity ratio relative to its industry group, low price to book value and relatively high cash flow.

Earnings Performance Rating – Very Bearish

BCS’s earnings performance has been very weak. The company has a history of weak earnings growth and is priced relatively high compared to next year’s projected EPS. The rank is based on poor EPS growth over the past 3-5 years, a relatively high projected P/E ratio and inconsistent earnings over the past 5 years.

Price/Volume Activity Rating – Bullish

Price and volume activity for BCS is bullish. BCS has a rising price trend and has outperformed the S&P 500 over 26 weeks. The rank for BCS is based on its price strength versus the market, a positive Chaikin price trend and a negative Chaikin price trend ROC.

Expert Opinions – Bullish

Expert opinions about BCS are positive. BCS has been outperforming the Banks- Major industry over the past 13 weeks and shorting of BCS is low. The rank for BCS is based on a low short interest ratio and price strength of the stock versus the Banks-Major industry group.

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