Trade-Ideas LLC identified

US Physical Therapy

(

USPH

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

  • USPH has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $3.3 million.
  • USPH has traded 2.119400000000000172661884789704345166683197021484375 options contracts today.
  • USPH is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • USPH has a PE ratio of 31.
  • USPH is mentioned 1.39 times per day on StockTwits.
  • USPH has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • USPH is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • USPH is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • USPH is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • USPH is currently trading above yesterday's high.

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More details on USPH:

U.S. Physical Therapy, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates outpatient physical therapy clinics in the United States. The stock currently has a dividend yield of 1.1%. USPH has a PE ratio of 31. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates US Physical Therapy a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for US Physical Therapy has been 84,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. US Physical Therapy has a market cap of $742.7 million and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.04 and a short float of 4.1% with 8.38 days to cover. Shares are up 9.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates US Physical Therapy 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, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • USPH's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 8.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 12.5%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.35, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, USPH has a quick ratio of 2.47, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • U S PHYSICAL THERAPY INC has improved earnings per share by 26.5% 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, U S PHYSICAL THERAPY INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.77 versus $1.71 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.99 versus $1.77).
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly outperformed against the S&P 500 and exceeded that of the Health Care Providers & Services industry average. The net income increased by 27.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $4.17 million to $5.33 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 387.28% to $14.71 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, U S PHYSICAL THERAPY INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 19.73%.

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