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Trade-Ideas: Splunk (SPLK) Is Today's New Lifetime High Stock

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Trade-Ideas LLC identified Splunk (SPLK) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Splunk as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • SPLK has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $41.5 million.
  • SPLK has traded 1.3 million shares today.
  • SPLK is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on SPLK:

Splunk, Inc. provides software solutions that provide real-time operational intelligence. SPLK has a PE ratio of 557.3. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Splunk a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Splunk has been 1.1 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Splunk has a market cap of $5.2 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 72.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Splunk as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its deteriorating net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Software industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 21.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$20.47 million to -$16.13 million.
  • The gross profit margin for SPLUNK INC is currently very high, coming in at 90.81%. Regardless of SPLK's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SPLK's net profit margin of -28.20% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.
  • Compared to other companies in the Software industry and the overall market, SPLUNK INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • SPLUNK INC has improved earnings per share by 27.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SPLUNK INC reported poor results of -$0.39 versus -$0.01 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$0.01 versus -$0.39).
  • This stock has increased by 64.01% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in SPLK do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

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