Do you prefer stocks that appear to be trading below their fair value? We ran a screen with this idea in mind.
We began by screening the drugmakers industry for those stocks with current ratios above 3. The current ratio is current assets/current liabilities, so ratios above 3 indicate the company has at least 3 times the liquid assets to cover their short-term liabilities.
We then screened for stocks that may be undervalued, by comparing price trends to changes in EPS estimates over the last month.
Based on the assumption that P/E is equal to a constant k, increases in EPS should be matched by increases in price. When they don't match up, a mispricing may have occurred.
We screened for stocks with faster growth in EPS estimates than price over the last month, which may indicate that these names are being undervalued.
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Do you think these stocks should be trading higher? Use this list as a starting point for your own analysis.
List sorted by increase in EPS estimate over the last year.
1. Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ:SLXP): Develops, and commercializes prescription drugs for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders in the United States. Market cap at $2.67B, most recent closing price at $45.41. Current ratio at 4.66. The EPS estimate for the company's current year increased from 2.62 to 2.89 over the last 30 days, an increase of 10.31%. This increase came during a time when the stock price changed by -11.99% (from 52.06 to 45.82 over the last 30 days).
2. Cubist Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CBST): Operates as a biopharmaceutical company focused on the research, development, and commercialization of pharmaceutical products that address unmet medical needs in the acute care environment. Market cap at $2.84B, most recent closing price at $44.46. Current ratio at 4.2. The EPS estimate for the company's current year increased from 1.67 to 1.84 over the last 30 days, an increase of 10.18%. This increase came during a time when the stock price changed by 6.37% (from 40.63 to 43.22 over the last 30 days).
3. United Therapeutics Corporation (NASDAQ:UTHR): Engages in the development and commercialization of therapeutic products for patients with chronic and life-threatening diseases in the United States and Internationally. Market cap at $2.86B, most recent closing price at $55.37. Current ratio at 3.04. The EPS estimate for the company's current year increased from 4.65 to 5 over the last 30 days, an increase of 7.53%. This increase came during a time when the stock price changed by 5.44% (from 53.32 to 56.22 over the last 30 days).
*EPS data sourced from Yahoo! Finance, all other data sourced from Finviz.
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