Gilead Sciences Inc Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (GILD) - TheStreet

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-- Gilead

(Nasdaq:

GILD

) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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    Highlights from the ratings report include:

      • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 18.5%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
      • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, GILD's share price has jumped by 25.11%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, GILD should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
      • GILEAD SCIENCES INC's earnings per share declined by 28.8% 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, GILEAD SCIENCES INC increased its bottom line by earning $3.55 versus $3.30 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.79 versus $3.55).
      • The gross profit margin for GILEAD SCIENCES INC is currently very high, coming in at 76.10%. Regardless of GILD's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 19.40% trails the industry average.

      Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes human therapeutics for the treatment of life threatening diseases worldwide. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.3, equal to the average drugs industry P/E ratioand below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Gilead has a market cap of $38.46 billion and is part of the

      health care

      sector and

      drugs

      industry. Shares are up 22% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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      --Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

      TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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