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

  • IRDM has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $5.7 million.
  • IRDM has traded 165,564 shares today.
  • IRDM is trading at 5.21 times the normal volume for the stock at this time of day.
  • IRDM is trading at a new high 9.07% above yesterday's close.

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More details on IRDM:

Iridium Communications Inc. provides mobile voice and data communications services through satellite to businesses, the U.S. and foreign governments, non-governmental organizations, and consumers worldwide. IRDM has a PE ratio of 9. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Iridium Communications a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Iridium Communications has been 733,000 shares per day over the past 30 days. Iridium has a market cap of $787.1 million and is part of the technology sector and telecommunications industry. The stock has a beta of 1.87 and a short float of 27.5% with 26.91 days to cover. Shares are down 12.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Iridium Communications as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Diversified Telecommunication Services industry. The net income increased by 44.9% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $20.39 million to $29.55 million.
  • The gross profit margin for IRIDIUM COMMUNICATIONS INC is currently very high, coming in at 75.90%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 27.86% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $70.22 million or 13.01% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow, IRIDIUM COMMUNICATIONS INC's average is still marginally south of the industry average growth rate of 16.27%.
  • Even though the current debt-to-equity ratio is 1.11, it is still below the industry average, suggesting that this level of debt is acceptable within the Diversified Telecommunication Services industry. Even though the debt-to-equity ratio shows mixed results, the company's quick ratio of 5.03 is very high and demonstrates very strong liquidity.
  • IRIDIUM COMMUNICATIONS 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, IRIDIUM COMMUNICATIONS INC reported lower earnings of $0.69 versus $0.72 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.81 versus $0.69).

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