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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Ampio Pharmaceuticals

(

AMPE

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

  • AMPE has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $5.4 million.
  • AMPE has traded 206,750 shares today.
  • AMPE is trading at 9.28 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • AMPE is trading at a new high 3.01% above yesterday's close.

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More details on AMPE:

Ampio Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a development stage biopharmaceutical company, develops therapies for the treatment of prevalent inflammatory conditions in the United States. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Ampio Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Ampio Pharmaceuticals has been 484,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Ampio has a market cap of $245.8 million and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. The stock has a beta of 0.38 and a short float of 19.8% with 9.74 days to cover. Shares are up 37.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Ampio Pharmaceuticals as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • AMPIO PHARMACEUTICALS INC's earnings per share declined by 12.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last year. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, AMPIO PHARMACEUTICALS INC reported poor results of -$0.62 versus -$0.34 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 24.2% in earnings (-$0.77 versus -$0.62).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Pharmaceuticals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 52.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$6.07 million to -$9.28 million.
  • Looking at the price performance of AMPE's shares over the past 12 months, there is not much good news to report: the stock is down 55.00%, and it has underformed the S&P 500 Index. In addition, the company's earnings per share are lower today than the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$6.75 million or 25.14% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite a decrease in cash flow AMPIO PHARMACEUTICALS INC is still fairing well by exceeding its industry average cash flow growth rate of -40.76%.
  • 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 Pharmaceuticals industry and the overall market, AMPIO PHARMACEUTICALS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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