Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals

(

AEGR

) as a strong on high relative volume candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Aegerion Pharmaceuticals as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • AEGR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $15.8 million.
  • AEGR has traded 246,734 shares today.
  • AEGR is trading at 3.02 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • AEGR is trading at a new high 3.01% above yesterday's close.

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More details on AEGR:

TheStreet Recommends

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, develops and commercializes therapies for patients with debilitating rare diseases in the United States. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Aegerion Pharmaceuticals a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Aegerion Pharmaceuticals has been 641,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Aegerion has a market cap of $375.5 million and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. The stock has a beta of 1.77 and a short float of 47% with 4.93 days to cover. Shares are down 49.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Aegerion Pharmaceuticals as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Biotechnology industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income has decreased by 15.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, dropping from -$9.62 million to -$11.15 million.
  • Reflecting the weaknesses we have cited, including the decline in the company's earnings per share, AEGR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 24.22% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.66 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Regardless of the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, AEGR has managed to keep a strong quick ratio of 2.22, which demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • AEGERION PHARMACEUTICALS INC's earnings per share declined by 18.2% 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, AEGERION PHARMACEUTICALS INC continued to lose money by earning -$1.36 versus -$2.20 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 49.3% in earnings (-$2.03 versus -$1.36).
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Biotechnology industry and the overall market, AEGERION PHARMACEUTICALS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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