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Trade-Ideas: Stratasys (SSYS) Is Today's "Dead Cat Bounce" Stock

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Stratasys ( SSYS) as a "dead cat bounce" (down big yesterday but up big today) candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Stratasys as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • SSYS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $147.8 million.
  • SSYS has traded 988,301 shares today.
  • SSYS is up 3.3% today.
  • SSYS was down 5.6% yesterday.

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More details on SSYS:

Stratasys Ltd. provides additive manufacturing (AM) solutions for the creation of parts used in the processes of designing and manufacturing products and for the direct manufacture of end parts. SSYS has a PE ratio of 168.6. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Stratasys a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Stratasys has been 851,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Stratasys has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. The stock has a beta of 2.09 and a short float of 10.9% with 2.24 days to cover. Shares are up 22% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Stratasys as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 115.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 98.65% to $10.05 million when compared to the same quarter last year.
  • The net income has significantly decreased by 192.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $3.02 million to -$2.80 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation.
  • STRATASYS LTD has exprienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, STRATASYS LTD reported lower earnings of $0.43 versus $0.95 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.85 versus $0.43).

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