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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Discovery Laboratories (Nasdaq: DSCO) has been downgraded by TheStreet Ratings from hold to sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been a generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • In its most recent trading session, DSCO has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. This company's share value has not moved any higher or lower since its value 12 months ago, and we feel the risks associated with investing in this company will outweigh any potential future gains.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed against the S&P 500 and did not exceed that of the Biotechnology industry. The net income increased by 9.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from -$12.64 million to -$11.48 million.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Biotechnology industry and the overall market, DISCOVERY LABORATORIES INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • DSCO, with its very weak revenue results, has greatly underperformed against the industry average of 25.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues plummeted by 56.9%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.39, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 6.82 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.

Discovery Laboratories, Inc., a specialty biotechnology company, focuses on developing life-saving products for critical-care patients with respiratory disease and care in pulmonary medicine. Discovery has a market cap of $132.7 million and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are down 30.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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