Potential Investors often look for key drivers that can move a stock in a positive direction.  One of those is sales growth.  Phillips 66 Partners LP (NYSE:PSXP) of the Oil Equipment & Services sector, witnessed sales growth of  0.16667 year over year. The firm has a traded value of 18822 and has its headquarters in United States of America.

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Phillips 66 Partners LP (NYSE:PSXP)  closed the recent session at 49.160000 with a market value of $6086559.

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Turning to 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 0.46623 for Phillips 66 Partners LP (NYSE:PSXP). The one year Growth EBIT ratio stands at 0.24468 and is a calculation of one year growth in earnings before interest and taxes. The one year EBITDA growth number holds at 0.19223 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 0.20798. The one year growth in Net Profit after Tax is 0.87500 and lastly sales growth was 0.16667.

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Phillips 66 Partners LP (NYSE:PSXP) has a current suggested portfolio ownership target rate of 0.03330 (as a decimal) ownership.  Target weight is the volatility adjusted recommended position size for a stock in your portfolio.  The maximum target weight is 7% for any given stock.  The indicator is based off of the 100 day volatility reading and calculates a target weight accordingly.  The more recent volatility of a stock, the lower the target weight will be.  The 3-month volatility stands at 31.305000 (decimal), the 6-month at 24.411200 and the 12-month at 21.406900.  This is the normal returns and standard deviation of the stock price over three months annualized.

Taking look at some key returns and margins data we can note the following: Phillips 66 Partners LP (NYSE:PSXP) has Return on Invested Capital (ROIC) of 0.089655, with a 5-year average of 0.100994 and an ROIC quality score of 0.811132. Why is ROIC important? It’s one of the most fundamental metrics in determining the value of a given stock. It helps potential investors determine if the firm is using it’s invested capital to return profits.

Changing lanes and looking at some Debt ratios, Phillips 66 Partners LP (NYSE:PSXP) has a debt to equity ratio of 0.96851 and a Free Cash Flow to Debt ratio of 0.122177.  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 6.02991.  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.  Phillips 66 Partners LP’s ND to MV current stands at 0.463645. This ratio is calculated as follows: Net debt (Total debt minus Cash ) / Market value of the company.

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