People have relied more on pets to provide companionship during the pandemic, and that’s lifted shares of Idexx Laboratories, a pet health care provider. On Wednesday, the Relative Strength (RS) Rating for Idexx Laboratories (IDXX) climbed to 71, up from 68 the day before.
A 71 RS Rating means the company has outperformed 71% of all stocks over the past year. Top-performing stocks often have an 80 or higher RS Rating in the early stages of their moves. See if Idexx Laboratories can continue to show renewed price strength and clear that threshold.
Other Idexx Ratings Shine
However, some of its other key ratings are outstanding. For example, it has a near-best 98 EPS Rating, on a 1-99 scale with 99 tops. Similarly, its 94 Composite Rating is exceptional.
IBD’s Composite Rating combines five separate proprietary ratings of fundamental and technical performance into one easy-to-use rating. The best growth stocks have a Composite Rating of 90 or better.
In terms of fundamentals, the Westbrook, Maine-based company saw both earnings and sales growth rise last quarter. On May 4, Idexx announced that first quarter earnings per share shot up 73% to $2.09. The prior three periods its EPS grew 20%, 56% and then 43%. Revenue in its most recent quarter rose 24% to $777.7 million.
“We also continue to drive exceptional performance in our global reference lab business, supported by higher growth in international markets leveraging our IDEXX 360 program,” CEO Jay Mazelsky said in the earnings news release.
Idexx shares were down 3.3% Wednesday afternoon, to 510.70. However, its stock has more than tripled from a late March 2020 low of 168.65.
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