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Trade-Ideas: Gilead (GILD) Is Today's Post-Market Leader Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Gilead ( GILD) as a post-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Gilead as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • GILD has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $661.2 million.
  • GILD is up 2.1% today from today's close.

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More details on GILD:

Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes human therapeutics for the treatment of life threatening diseases in North America, Europe, and Asia. GILD has a PE ratio of 33.0. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Gilead a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Gilead has been 11.2 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Gilead has a market cap of $90.2 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. The stock has a beta of 0.74 and a short float of 4.2% with 5.85 days to cover. Shares are up 61% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Gilead as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Biotechnology industry. The net income increased by 63.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $441.96 million to $722.19 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 12.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.9%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 50.87% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 119.07% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, GILD should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $672.10 million or 48.37% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of 20.65%.

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