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Today's Dead Cat Bounce Stock: EPAM Systems (EPAM)

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

  • EPAM has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $28.2 million.
  • EPAM has traded 92,691 shares today.
  • EPAM is up 10.6% today.
  • EPAM was down 23.6% yesterday.

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More details on EPAM:

EPAM Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, primarily provides software product development services worldwide. EPAM has a PE ratio of 34.6. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate EPAM Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for EPAM Systems has been 333,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. EPAM Systems has a market cap of $2.0 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. Shares are up 20% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates EPAM Systems 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 20.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 25.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • EPAM 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 5.66, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • EPAM SYSTEMS INC has improved earnings per share by 18.8% 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 two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, EPAM SYSTEMS INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.28 versus $1.20 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.91 versus $1.28).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the IT Services industry average. The net income increased by 25.1% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $15.00 million to $18.76 million.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 96.37% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.

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