Today Anacor Pharmaceuticals (ANAC) Hits New Lifetime High

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Anacor Pharmaceuticals ( ANAC) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Anacor Pharmaceuticals as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • ANAC has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $36.9 million.
  • ANAC has traded 5,429 shares today.
  • ANAC is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on ANAC:

Anacor Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on discovering, developing, and commercializing novel small-molecule therapeutics derived from its boron chemistry platform. It markets KERYDIN (tavaborole) topical solution for the treatment of onychomycosis of the toenails. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Anacor Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for Anacor Pharmaceuticals has been 698,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Anacor has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. The stock has a beta of 1.72 and a short float of 9.9% with 7.10 days to cover. Shares are up 106.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Anacor Pharmaceuticals as a sell. Among the areas we feel are negative, one of the most important has been an overall disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • 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, ANACOR PHARMACEUTICALS INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The company, on the basis of net income growth from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed compared to the Biotechnology industry average, but is greater than that of the S&P 500. The net income increased by 38.8% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from -$21.17 million to -$12.96 million.
  • ANAC's debt-to-equity ratio of 0.84 is somewhat low overall, but it is high when compared to the industry average, implying that the management of the debt levels should be evaluated further.
  • ANACOR PHARMACEUTICALS INC has improved earnings per share by 41.2% 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, ANACOR PHARMACEUTICALS INC swung to a loss, reporting -$2.07 versus $1.82 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings (-$1.16 versus -$2.07).
  • This stock has increased by 353.64% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the future course of this stock, we feel that the risks involved in investing in ANAC do not compensate for any future upside potential, despite the fact that it has seen nice gains over the past 12 months.

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