Trade-Ideas LLC identified

F5 Networks

(

FFIV

) as a post-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified F5 Networks as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • FFIV has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $115.2 million.
  • FFIV is down 5.2% today from today's close.

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More details on FFIV:

F5 Networks, Inc. develops, markets, and sells application delivery networking products that optimize the security, performance, and availability of network applications, servers, and storage systems. FFIV has a PE ratio of 24. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate F5 Networks a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 15 rate it a hold.

The average volume for F5 Networks has been 910,800 shares per day over the past 30 days. F5 has a market cap of $8.5 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.61 and a short float of 9.9% with 7.16 days to cover. Shares are down 7.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates F5 Networks as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 10.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • FFIV 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 the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.48, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • Current return on equity exceeded its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of strength within the company. Compared to other companies in the Communications Equipment industry and the overall market, F5 NETWORKS INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for F5 NETWORKS INC is currently very high, coming in at 84.82%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 19.26% is above that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $172.51 million or 24.79% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -11.87%.

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