Stratasys (SSYS) Flagged As Strong On High Volume

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

  • SSYS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $63.4 million.
  • SSYS has traded 230,077 shares today.
  • SSYS is trading at 2.06 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • SSYS is trading at a new high 3.03% above yesterday's close.

'Strong on High Relative Volume' stocks are worth watching because major volume moves tend to indicate underlying activity such as M&A events, material stock news, analyst upgrades, insider buying, buying from 'superinvestors,' or that hedge funds and momentum traders are piling into a stock ahead of a catalyst. Regardless of the impetus behind the price and volume action, when a stock moves with strength and volume it can indicate the start of a new trend on which early investors can capitalize. In the event of a well-timed trading opportunity, combining technical indicators with fundamental trends and a disciplined trading methodology should help you take the first steps towards investment success.

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More details on SSYS:

Stratasys Ltd. provides additive manufacturing (AM) solutions for the creation of parts used in the processes of designing and manufacturing products; and for the direct manufacture of end parts. SSYS has a PE ratio of 21. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Stratasys a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Stratasys has been 1.4 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Stratasys has a market cap of $1.8 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer hardware industry. The stock has a beta of 0.58 and a short float of 22.4% with 6.11 days to cover. Shares are down 57.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Stratasys as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity, generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself 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 Computers & Peripherals industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 5392.1% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $4.09 million to -$216.29 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 Computers & Peripherals industry and the overall market, STRATASYS LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 61.63%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 5400.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Naturally, the overall market trend is bound to be a significant factor. However, in one sense, the stock's sharp decline last year is a positive for future investors, making it cheaper (in proportion to its earnings over the past year) than most other stocks in its industry. But due to other concerns, we feel the stock is still not a good buy right now.
  • STRATASYS LTD 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 two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, STRATASYS LTD reported poor results of -$2.35 versus -$0.70 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($1.43 versus -$2.35).
  • 44.39% is the gross profit margin for STRATASYS LTD which we consider to be strong. Despite the high profit margin, it has decreased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SSYS's net profit margin of -125.21% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

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