Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Aratana Therapeutics

(

PETX

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

  • PETX has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $5.5 million.
  • PETX has traded 99,720 shares today.
  • PETX is trading at 2.25 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • PETX is trading at a new high 5.14% above yesterday's close.

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More details on PETX:

Aratana Therapeutics, Inc., a development-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the licensing, development, and commercialization of biopharmaceutical products for the companion animals worldwide. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Aratana Therapeutics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Aratana Therapeutics has been 902,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. Aratana has a market cap of $252.0 million and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. The stock has a beta of 3.67 and a short float of 19.4% with 6.72 days to cover. Shares are up 29% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Aratana Therapeutics as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, 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 when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Pharmaceuticals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 105.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$8.77 million to -$18.07 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Pharmaceuticals industry and the overall market, ARATANA THERAPEUTICS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has decreased to -$13.41 million or 48.88% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing the cash generation rate to the industry average, the firm's growth is significantly lower.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 51.94%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 100.00% compared to 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.
  • ARATANA THERAPEUTICS has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, ARATANA THERAPEUTICS reported poor results of -$2.44 versus -$1.31 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$1.52 versus -$2.44).

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