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Trade-Ideas LLC identified

NutriSystem

(

NTRI

) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified NutriSystem as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • NTRI has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $8.8 million.
  • NTRI has traded 394.91000000000002501110429875552654266357421875 options contracts today.
  • NTRI is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • NTRI has a PE ratio of 34.
  • NTRI is mentioned 1.23 times per day on StockTwits.
  • NTRI has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • NTRI is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • NTRI is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • NTRI is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • NTRI is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on NTRI:

Nutrisystem, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides weight loss programs for women, men, and seniors in the United States. The company offers Nutrisystem program that consists of approximately 150 portion-controlled items, which serve as the foundation of a low glycemic index diet. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 2.8%. NTRI has a PE ratio of 34. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate NutriSystem a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for NutriSystem has been 381,400 shares per day over the past 30 days. NutriSystem has a market cap of $736.1 million and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.14 and a short float of 11.4% with 9.93 days to cover. Shares are up 29.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates NutriSystem as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 900.00% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 46.83% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, NTRI should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • NUTRISYSTEM INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, NUTRISYSTEM INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.66 versus $0.25 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.86 versus $0.66).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Internet & Catalog Retail industry. The net income increased by 1213.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $0.22 million to $2.94 million.
  • NTRI's revenue growth trails the industry average of 34.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.3%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, NUTRISYSTEM INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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