Trade-Ideas LLC identified

XenoPort

(

XNPT

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

  • XNPT has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $10.6 million.
  • XNPT has traded 221,319 shares today.
  • XNPT is trading at 2.89 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • XNPT is trading at a new high 3.15% above yesterday's close.

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More details on XNPT:

XenoPort, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on developing and commercializing a portfolio of product candidates for the treatment of neurological and other disorders. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates XenoPort a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for XenoPort has been 790,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. XenoPort has a market cap of $305.3 million and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. The stock has a beta of 1.63 and a short float of 11.3% with 2.23 days to cover. Shares are down 49.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates XenoPort as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow, unimpressive growth in net income, generally high debt management risk and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Pharmaceuticals industry and the overall market, XENOPORT INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$21.72 million or 960.01% 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 debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 2.15 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Despite the company's weak debt-to-equity ratio, the company has managed to keep a very strong quick ratio of 10.63, which shows the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The change in net income from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the Pharmaceuticals industry average, but is less than that of the S&P 500. The net income has significantly decreased by 26.3% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$19.39 million to -$24.48 million.
  • XENOPORT INC's earnings per share declined by 25.8% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. We feel it is likely to report a decline in earnings in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, XENOPORT INC continued to lose money by earning -$0.82 versus -$1.80 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 75.6% in earnings (-$1.44 versus -$0.82).

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