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

  • MMSI has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $7.1 million.
  • MMSI has traded 76,992 shares today.
  • MMSI is trading at 9.89 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • MMSI is trading at a new high 15.21% above yesterday's close.

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More details on MMSI:

Merit Medical Systems, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, and markets medical devices for interventional and diagnostic procedures worldwide. MMSI has a PE ratio of 38. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Merit Medical Systems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

The average volume for Merit Medical Systems has been 310,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Merit Medical Systems has a market cap of $979.7 million and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. The stock has a beta of 2.10 and a short float of 4.5% with 4.99 days to cover. Shares are up 28.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Merit Medical Systems as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 71.42% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 46.72% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Turning to the future, naturally, any stock can fall in a major bear market. However, in almost any other environment, the stock should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed nice gains in the past year.
  • MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS 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. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, MERIT MEDICAL SYSTEMS INC increased its bottom line by earning $0.54 versus $0.39 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.88 versus $0.54).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Health Care Equipment & Supplies industry. The net income increased by 83.3% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $2.82 million to $5.17 million.
  • MMSI's revenue growth trails the industry average of 25.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.7%. This growth in revenue appears to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, improving the earnings per share.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.48, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Along with the favorable debt-to-equity ratio, the company maintains an adequate quick ratio of 1.21, which illustrates the ability to avoid short-term cash problems.

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