Gilead (GILD) Rising Before The Market Opens

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Gilead ( GILD) as a pre-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Gilead as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • GILD has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $653.0 million.
  • GILD traded 92,418 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 9:28 AM.
  • GILD is up 3.3% today from Friday's close.

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More details on GILD:

Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes human therapeutics for the treatment of life threatening diseases in North America, Europe, and Asia. GILD has a PE ratio of 35.1. Currently there are 18 analysts that rate Gilead a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Gilead has been 7.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Gilead has a market cap of $96.0 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. The stock has a beta of 0.91 and a short float of 4.5% with 6.60 days to cover. Shares are up 70.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Gilead as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • GILD's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 10.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.1%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 104.36% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, GILD should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The gross profit margin for GILEAD SCIENCES INC is currently very high, coming in at 76.98%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 27.91% is above that of the industry average.
  • GILEAD SCIENCES INC's earnings per share improvement from the most recent quarter was slightly positive. This company has reported somewhat volatile earnings recently. But, we feel it is poised for EPS growth in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, GILEAD SCIENCES INC reported lower earnings of $1.64 versus $1.78 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.95 versus $1.64).

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