Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Nu Skin

(

NUS

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

  • NUS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $19.4 million.
  • NUS has traded 544,342 shares today.
  • NUS is trading at 28.00 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • NUS is trading at a new high 12.12% above yesterday's close.

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More details on NUS:

Nu Skin Enterprises, Inc. develops and distributes anti-aging personal care products and nutritional supplements under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex category brands worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 3.5%. NUS has a PE ratio of 24. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Nu Skin a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Nu Skin has been 732,900 shares per day over the past 30 days. Nu Skin has a market cap of $2.2 billion and is part of the consumer goods sector and consumer non-durables industry. The stock has a beta of 1.69 and a short float of 16.4% with 18.22 days to cover. Shares are up 7.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Nu Skin as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.33, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that NUS's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.66, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for NU SKIN ENTERPRISES is currently very high, coming in at 81.02%. Regardless of NUS'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 0.70% trails the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.72 million or 103.66% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 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 Personal Products industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 90.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $36.28 million to $3.32 million.

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