Supernus Pharmaceuticals (SUPN) Weak On High Volume Today

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

  • SUPN has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $18.5 million.
  • SUPN has traded 232,655 shares today.
  • SUPN is trading at 2.13 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • SUPN is trading at a new low 3.06% below yesterday's close.

'Weak on High Relative Volume' stocks are worth watching because major volume moves tend to indicate underlying activity such as material stock news, analyst downgrades, insider selling, selling from 'superinvestors,' or that hedge funds and traders are piling out of 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 (or avoid losses by trimming weak positions). 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 SUPN:

Supernus Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of products for the treatment of central nervous system diseases in the United States. SUPN has a PE ratio of 22. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Supernus Pharmaceuticals a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for Supernus Pharmaceuticals has been 778,600 shares per day over the past 30 days. Supernus has a market cap of $749.9 million and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. The stock has a beta of 0.81 and a short float of 6.3% with 1.83 days to cover. Shares are up 93% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Supernus Pharmaceuticals as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • SUPN's very impressive revenue growth greatly exceeded the industry average of 1.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues leaped by 209.8%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • SUPN's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.12 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.13, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • SUPERNUS PHARMACEUTICALS INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. However, we anticipate underperformance relative to this pattern in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SUPERNUS PHARMACEUTICALS INC turned its bottom line around by earning $0.19 versus -$2.92 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 18.4% in earnings ($0.16 versus $0.19).
  • The gross profit margin for SUPERNUS PHARMACEUTICALS INC is currently very high, coming in at 95.01%. Regardless of SUPN's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, SUPN's net profit margin of 3.25% is significantly lower than the industry average.

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