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Trade-Ideas: Jazz Pharmaceuticals (JAZZ) Is Today's Post-Market Laggard 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 Jazz Pharmaceuticals ( JAZZ) as a post-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Jazz Pharmaceuticals as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • JAZZ has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $55.2 million.
  • JAZZ is down 4.5% today from today's close.

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More details on JAZZ:

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Public Limited Company, a specialty biopharmaceutical company, engages in the identification, development, and commercialization of pharmaceutical products for various medical needs in the United States, Europe, and other countries. JAZZ has a PE ratio of 18.7. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Jazz Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for Jazz Pharmaceuticals has been 669,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Jazz has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. The stock has a beta of 0.24 and a short float of 3.3% with 2.52 days to cover. Shares are up 65.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Jazz Pharmaceuticals as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • JAZZ's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 3.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 67.6%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.47, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.35, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. When compared to other companies in the Pharmaceuticals industry and the overall market, JAZZ PHARMACEUTICALS PLC's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 35.29% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 52.39% 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, JAZZ should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • JAZZ PHARMACEUTICALS PLC has improved earnings per share by 35.3% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past year. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, JAZZ PHARMACEUTICALS PLC increased its bottom line by earning $4.30 versus $2.67 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.29 versus $4.30).

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