IntercontinentalExchange Inc. Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (ICE)
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- The gross profit margin for INTERCONTINENTALEXCHANGE INC is currently very high, coming in at 81.00%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 40.03% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
- INTERCONTINENTALEXCHANGE INC's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, INTERCONTINENTALEXCHANGE INC increased its bottom line by earning $7.52 versus $6.91 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($8.48 versus $7.52).
- The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. The stock's price rise over the last year has driven it to a level which is somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
- The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.31, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.06 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
- ICE, with its decline in revenue, slightly underperformed the industry average of 7.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 1.2%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
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