Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT) Is Today's Strong On High Volume Stock

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

  • ICPT has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $136.2 million.
  • ICPT has traded 85,601 shares today.
  • ICPT is trading at 2.35 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • ICPT is trading at a new high 3.07% above yesterday's close.

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More details on ICPT:

Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a development stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel therapeutics to treat chronic liver and intestinal diseases utilizing its proprietary bile acid chemistry. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Intercept Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Intercept Pharmaceuticals has been 561,700 shares per day over the past 30 days. Intercept has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. The stock has a beta of -9.00 and a short float of 26.6% with 5.23 days to cover. Shares are up 72.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Intercept Pharmaceuticals as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, weak operating cash flow and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Biotechnology industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 181.6% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$12.37 million to -$34.82 million.
  • 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 Biotechnology industry and the overall market, INTERCEPT PHARMA 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 -$32.14 million or 208.32% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • INTERCEPT PHARMA INC 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. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past year. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, INTERCEPT PHARMA INC reported poor results of -$14.42 versus -$3.70 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$8.53 versus -$14.42).
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, we do not believe this stock offers ample reward opportunity to compensate for the risks, despite the fact that it rose over the past year.

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