New Lifetime High Reached By DaVita HealthCare Partners (DVA)

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified DaVita HealthCare Partners ( DVA) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified DaVita HealthCare Partners as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • DVA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $48.0 million.
  • DVA has traded 29,556 shares today.
  • DVA is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on DVA:

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. provides kidney dialysis services for patients suffering from chronic kidney failure or end stage renal disease. It operates kidney dialysis centers and provides related lab services primarily in outpatient dialysis centers and in contracted hospitals. DVA has a PE ratio of 23.6. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate DaVita HealthCare Partners a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for DaVita HealthCare Partners has been 858,100 shares per day over the past 30 days. DaVita HealthCare has a market cap of $16.0 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.25 and a short float of 2.2% with 5.58 days to cover. Shares are up 17.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates DaVita HealthCare Partners as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, DVA's share price has jumped by 37.78%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • DVA's revenue growth trails the industry average of 20.6%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 10.5%. 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.
  • DAVITA HEALTHCARE PARTNERS's earnings per share declined by 42.6% in the most recent quarter compared to 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, DAVITA HEALTHCARE PARTNERS increased its bottom line by earning $2.90 versus $2.73 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.63 versus $2.90).
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Health Care Providers & Services industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, DAVITA HEALTHCARE PARTNERS has outperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500.
  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.84 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio is weak, DVA's quick ratio is somewhat strong at 1.34, demonstrating the ability to handle short-term liquidity needs.

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