Trade-Ideas LLC identified

C.R. Bard

(

BCR

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

  • BCR has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $92.0 million.
  • BCR has traded 120.35800000000000409272615797817707061767578125 options contracts today.
  • BCR is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • BCR has a PE ratio of 152.
  • BCR is mentioned 1.94 times per day on StockTwits.
  • BCR has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • BCR is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • BCR is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • BCR is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • BCR is currently trading above yesterday's high.

'Strong and Under the Radar' stocks tend to be worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and price action. Market technicians refer to such stocks as being in an accumulation phase before a mark-up and peak. Traders and hedge funds have frequently found that these types of stocks continue to build a solid price base and then ultimately spike higher and peak when others 'discover' how good the stock is performing. By leveraging the social discovery aspect of StockTwits we are highlighting stocks that don't currently receive much attention from retail investors, but we suspect may soon garner more attention.

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More details on BCR:

C. R. Bard, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, packages, distributes, and sells medical, surgical, diagnostic, and patient care devices worldwide. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 0.5%. BCR has a PE ratio of 152. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate C.R. Bard a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

The average volume for C.R. Bard has been 463,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. C.R. Bard has a market cap of $16.6 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. The stock has a beta of 0.63 and a short float of 1.6% with 2.89 days to cover. Shares are up 18.8% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates C.R. Bard as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 6.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 6.6%. 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.
  • The gross profit margin for BARD (C.R.) INC is rather high; currently it is at 68.90%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 13.30% trails the industry average.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, BCR's share price has jumped by 33.36%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. We feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now somewhat expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The other strengths this company shows, however, justify the higher price levels.
  • BARD (C.R.) INC's earnings per share declined by 15.4% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern of earnings per share over the past two years. However, we anticipate this trend to reverse over the coming year. During the past fiscal year, BARD (C.R.) INC reported lower earnings of $1.71 versus $3.68 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($10.15 versus $1.71).
  • The debt-to-equity ratio of 1.14 is relatively high when compared with the industry average, suggesting a need for better debt level management. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, BCR's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.03, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.

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