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-- Piper Jaffray Cos

(NYSE:

PJC

) has been upgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 16.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 29.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 98.86% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 26.12% 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, PJC should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Capital Markets industry. The net income increased by 129.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $11.82 million to $27.13 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 2647.03% to $309.87 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, PIPER JAFFRAY COS INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 121.71%.

Piper Jaffray Companies provides investment banking, institutional brokerage, asset management, and related financial services in the United States and Europe. Piper Jaffray Cos has a market cap of $715.1 million and is part of the financial sector and financial services industry. Shares are up 11.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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