IPC Healthcare (IPCM) Is Today's Strong And Under The Radar Stock

Trade-Ideas LLC identified IPC Healthcare ( IPCM) as a strong and under the radar candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified IPC Healthcare as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • IPCM has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $26.1 million.
  • IPCM has traded 30.985099999999999198507794062606990337371826171875 options contracts today.
  • IPCM is making at least a new 3-day high.
  • IPCM has a PE ratio of 51.
  • IPCM is mentioned 1.52 times per day on StockTwits.
  • IPCM has not yet been mentioned on StockTwits today.
  • IPCM is currently in the upper 20% of its 1-year range.
  • IPCM is in the upper 35% of its 20-day range.
  • IPCM is in the upper 45% of its 5-day range.
  • IPCM is currently trading above yesterday's high.

'Strong and Under the Radar' stocks tend to be worthwhile stocks to watch for a variety of factors including historical back testing and price action. Market technicians refer to such stocks as being in an accumulation phase before a mark-up and peak. Traders and hedge funds have frequently found that these types of stocks continue to build a solid price base and then ultimately spike higher and peak when others 'discover' how good the stock is performing. By leveraging the social discovery aspect of StockTwits we are highlighting stocks that don't currently receive much attention from retail investors, but we suspect may soon garner more attention.

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More details on IPCM:

IPC Healthcare, Inc. provides acute hospitalist and post-acute care services the United States. The company provides, manages, and coordinates the care of hospitalized patients; and serves as the inpatient partner of primary care physicians and specialists. IPCM has a PE ratio of 51. Currently there are no analysts that rate IPC Healthcare a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

The average volume for IPC Healthcare has been 355,300 shares per day over the past 30 days. IPC Healthcare has a market cap of $1.4 billion and is part of the health care sector and health services industry. The stock has a beta of -0.62 and a short float of 5.1% with 2.37 days to cover. Shares are up 74% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates IPC Healthcare as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.8%. 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.
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.33, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. Despite the fact that IPCM's debt-to-equity ratio is low, the quick ratio, which is currently 0.65, displays a potential problem in covering short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for IPC HEALTHCARE INC is currently lower than what is desirable, coming in at 25.17%. It has decreased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 1.94% trails that of the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$2.42 million or 108.71% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.

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