Digging Up the Facts on Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SCMP)

Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQGM:SCMP) is an interesting player in the Healthcare space, with a focus on Drug Manufacturers – Other. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $12.50, up from yesterday’s close by -1.03%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

No amount of research is complete without a bird’s eye view of the financial data. Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SCMP) currently trades with a market capitalization of $535.24M. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 73.00% on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

The balance sheet health of any company plays a key role in its ability to meet its obligations and maintain the faith of its investment base. For SCMP, the company currently has $128.46M of cash on the books, which is offset by $218.71M current liabilities. You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $21.90M over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of 0.49 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 50.30% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

No analysis is ever complete without a thorough survey of a stock’s technical behavior. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. recorded a 52-week high of 17.55. It is now trading 4.92 off that level. The stock is trading 14.55 its 50-day moving average by 1.92. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at 9.59.

In recent action, Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (SCMP) has made a move of -17.76% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 25.56, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 25.66M with 15.04% sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of SCMP.

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