Watch For Today's Momo Momentum Stock: Citrix Systems (CTXS)

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Trade-Ideas LLC identified Citrix Systems ( CTXS) as a momo momentum candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Citrix Systems as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • CTXS has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $243.7 million.
  • CTXS has a PE ratio of 52.
  • CTXS is currently in the upper 30% of its 1-year range.
  • CTXS is in the upper 25% of its 20-day range.
  • CTXS is in the upper 35% of its 5-day range.
  • CTXS is currently trading above yesterday's high.
  • CTXS has experienced a gap between today's open and yesterday's close of 0.6%.

'Momo Momentum' stocks are valuable stocks to watch for a variety of reasons including historical back testing and price action. Market technicians refer to such stocks as being in a mark-up phase before a possible distribution period and price decline. Technical analysts and traders frequently find that the factors referenced above tend to create a temporary burst of strong wind in a stock's sail. Nevertheless, all successful traders must excel at maximizing gains while keeping losses to an absolute minimum. For that reason, the holding period on momo momentum stocks must always be a primary consideration, and this part of the puzzle is ultimately at the discretion of each individual's risk tolerance and portfolio risk management skills.

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More details on CTXS:

Citrix Systems, Inc. provides virtualization, mobility management, networking, and Software as a Service solutions worldwide. CTXS has a PE ratio of 52. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Citrix Systems a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Citrix Systems has been 2.0 million shares per day over the past 30 days. Citrix Systems has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the technology sector and computer software & services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.66 and a short float of 2.9% with 1.36 days to cover. Shares are up 11.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Citrix Systems as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • CTXS's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 7.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 1.3%. 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.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $291.87 million or 1.38% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -16.29%.
  • Compared to where it was a year ago today, the stock is now trading at a higher level, regardless of the company's weak earnings results. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • CITRIX SYSTEMS INC's earnings per share declined by 40.0% in the most recent quarter compared to 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, CITRIX SYSTEMS INC reported lower earnings of $1.48 versus $1.81 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($3.56 versus $1.48).
  • 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 Software industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 48.4% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $55.94 million to $28.89 million.

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