Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link. Trade-Ideas LLC identified Perrigo Company ( PRGO) as an unusual social activity candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Perrigo Company as such a stock due to the following factors:
- PRGO has 14x the normal benchmarked social activity for this time of the day compared to its average of 1.13 mentions/day.
- PRGO has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $206.1 million.
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- PRGO's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 2.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.9%. 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 current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.39, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, PRGO has a quick ratio of 1.51, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
- 43.25% is the gross profit margin for PERRIGO CO PLC which we consider to be strong. 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 -8.79% is in-line with the industry average.
- Compared to its closing price of one year ago, PRGO's share price has jumped by 41.09%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp rise over the last year has already helped drive it to a level which is relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. We feel, however, that other strengths this company displays justify these higher price levels.
- PERRIGO CO PLC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. 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, PERRIGO CO PLC increased its bottom line by earning $4.67 versus $4.18 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($6.62 versus $4.67).
- You can view the full Perrigo Company Ratings Report.
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