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Post-Market Laggard: Intuitive Surgical (ISRG)

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 Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) as a post-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Intuitive Surgical as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • ISRG has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $368.8 million.
  • ISRG is down 6.6% today from today's close.

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More details on ISRG:

Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. ISRG has a PE ratio of 26.3. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Intuitive Surgical a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Intuitive Surgical has been 480,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Intuitive Surgical has a market cap of $16.7 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.63 and a short float of 5.4% with 2.40 days to cover. Shares are up 14.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Intuitive Surgical as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • ISRG has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.07, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry and the overall market, INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC's earnings per share declined by 10.5% 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, INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC increased its bottom line by earning $15.96 versus $12.30 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($16.21 versus $15.96).
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, ISRG has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 16.88% from its price level of one year ago. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it could be one of the factors that may help make the stock attractive down the road. Right now, however, we believe that it is too soon to buy.
  • Net operating cash flow has declined marginally to $203.80 million or 4.76% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow INTUITIVE SURGICAL INC is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -44.26%.

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