When investors are recalibrating their portfolios they should take a look at current volatility levels and the target weight calculation of a given stock.  China Metal Resources Utilization Limited (SEHK:1636) has a current target weight (% as a decimal) of 0.05310.  This means that any balanced portfolio should not be holding more than this percentage of stock within their holdings group.  This number is based on recent stock volatility for the past 100 days.

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China Metal Resources Utilization Limited (SEHK:1636) of the Electronic & Electrical Equipment sector closed the recent session at 3.370000 with a market value of $1126506.

Taking look at some key returns data we can note the following:

So how has China Metal Resources Utilization Limited (SEHK:1636) performed in terms of returns?  The ROIC quality score stands at 0.574272 whilet he actual return on invested capital holds at  -0.227350.  China Metal Resources Utilization Limited’s book to market ratio is at 0.253337 while the book to market mean difference is -0.02939. This indicator tells you how a company is currently valued in terms of Book to Market compared to its average Book to Market over the past 10 years. It’s important to note that BM is the inverse of the Price to book ratio. Thus a high BM ratio means a company is undervalued. China Metal Resources Utilization Limited (SEHK:1636) has seen free cash flow growth of -0.880788 and has a free cash flow score of 0.378741.  Free Cash Flow Score (FCF Score) is a value that is calculated by combining Free cash flow growth with free cash flow stability. It thus gives you a combined indication of free cash flow quality.

Drilling down into some additional key near-term indicators we note that the Capex to PPE ratio stands at 0.050835 for China Metal Resources Utilization Limited (SEHK:1636).  The Capex to PPE ratio shows you how capital intensive a company is. Stocks with an increasing (year over year) ratio may be moving to be more capital intensive and often underperform the market. Higher Capex also often means lower Free Cash Flow (Operating cash flow – Capex) generation and lower dividends as companies don’t have the cash to pay dividends if they are investing more in the business.

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In addition to Capex to PPE we can look at Cash Flow to Capex.  This ration compares a stock’s operating cash flow to its capital expenditure and can identify if a firm can generate enough cash to meet investment needs.  Investors are looking for a ratio greater than one, which indicates that the firm can meet that need. Comparing to other firms in the same industry is relevant for this ratio. China Metal Resources Utilization Limited (SEHK:1636)’s Cash Flow to Capex stands at -2.621167.

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Debt

In looking at some Debt ratios, China Metal Resources Utilization Limited (SEHK:1636) has a debt to equity ratio of 0.67795 and a Free Cash Flow to Debt ratio of -0.100481.  This ratio provides insight as to how high the firm’s total debt is compared to its free cash flow generated.  In terms of Net Debt to EBIT, that ratio stands at -3.51262.  This ratio reveals how easily a company is able to pay interest and capital on its net outstanding debt.  The lower the ratio the better as that indicates that the company is able to meet its interest and capital payments. Lastly we’ll take note of the Net Debt to Market Value ratio.  China Metal Resources Utilization Limited’s ND to MV current stands at 0.169015. This ratio is calculated as follows: Net debt (Total debt minus Cash ) / Market value of the company.

Stock analysis typically falls under the two main categories of fundamental and technical. Fundamental analysis involves diving into company financials. Fundamental analysts study how the company is performing in order to determine whether or not the stock is ready to run. With this type of analysis, investors will be looking at balance sheet strength and gauging how much money the company is giving back to shareholders. After crunching all the numbers, investors can use the information to calculate ratios to help determine if the company is properly valued and worth adding to the portfolio. Technical analysis relies on charting historical stock prices in order to define trends and patterns. The buying and selling of stocks using only technical analysis typically removes any concern for how the company is fairing or even what it actually does. Some indicators that technical analysts use can be super simple and others can be highly complex. Many investors will attempt to study both technicals and fundamentals with the goal of gaining greater knowledge of where the stock has been, and where it might be going.

Near-Term Growth Drilldown

Now we’ll take a look at some key growth data as decimals. One year cash flow growth ratio is calculated on a trailing 12 months basis and is a one year percentage growth of a firm’s cash flow from operations.  This number stands at -0.66874 for China Metal Resources Utilization Limited (SEHK:1636).  The one year Growth EBIT ratio stands at 1.37977 and is a calculation of one year growth in earnings before interest and taxes.  The one year EBITDA growth number stands at 1.74375 which is calculated similarly to EBIT Growth with just the addition of amortization.

Taking even a further look we note that the 1 year Free Cash Flow (FCF) Growth is at -0.77230.  The one year growth in Net Profit after Tax is -0.97543 and lastly sales growth was 0.18173.

50/200 Simple Moving Average Cross

China Metal Resources Utilization Limited (SEHK:1636) has a 0.89679 50/200 day moving average cross value. Cross SMA 50/200 (SMA = Simple Moving Average) and is calculated as follows:

Cross SMA 50/200 = 50 day moving average / 200day moving average. If the Cross SMA 50/200 value is greater than 1, it tell us that the 50 day moving average is above the 200 day moving average (golden cross), indicating an upward moving share price.

On the other hand if the Cross SMA 50/200 value is less than 1, this shows that the 50 day moving average is below the 200 day moving average (a death cross), and tells us that share prices has fallen recently and may continue to do so.

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