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Opko Health (OPK) Showing Signs Of A Dead Cat Bounce Today

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

  • OPK has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $83.0 million.
  • OPK has traded 5.0 million shares today.
  • OPK is up 3.6% today.
  • OPK was down 7.9% yesterday.

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More details on OPK:

Opko Health, Inc., a pharmaceutical and diagnostics company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel and proprietary technologies. It operates in two segments, Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Opko Health a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for Opko Health has been 2.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Opko Health has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.10 and a short float of 22.4% with 4.67 days to cover. Shares are up 81.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Opko Health as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • OPK's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 8.7%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 133.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 75.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 171.42% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • OPK's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 3.22 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.
  • OPKO HEALTH INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, OPKO HEALTH INC reported poor results of -$0.10 versus -$0.03 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 140.0% in earnings (-$0.24 versus -$0.10).
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Biotechnology industry and the overall market, OPKO HEALTH INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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