Buy or Sell Incyte Stock Today?

by Rob Otman

Incyte (Nasdaq: INCY) is a large cap company that operates within the pharmaceutical industry. Its market cap is $26 billion today and the total one-year return is 62.09% for shareholders.

Incyte stock is beating the market, but does that make it a good buy today? To answer this question we've turned to the Investment U Stock Grader. Our research team built this system to diagnose the financial health of a company.

Our system looks at six key metrics...

Earnings-per-Share (EPS) Growth: Incyte reported a recent EPS growth rate of -83.33%. That's below the pharmaceutical industry average of 59.63%. That's not a good sign. We like to see companies that have higher earnings growth.

Price-to-Earnings (P/E): The average price-to-earnings ratio of the pharma industry is 98.63. And Incyte’s ratio comes in at 207.06. Its valuation looks expensive compared to many of its competitors.

Debt-to-Equity The debt-to-equity ratio for Incyte stock is 155.31. That's above the pharma industry average of 50.34. The company may be over-leveraged.

Free Cash Flow per Share Growth Incyte’s FCF has been lower than its competitors over the last year. That's not good for investors. In general, if a company is growing its FCF, it will be able to pay down debt, buy back stock, pay out more in dividends and/or invest money back into the business to help boost growth. It's one of our most important fundamental factors.

Profit Margins The profit margin of Incyte comes in at 2.72% today. And generally, the higher, the better. We also like to see this margin above that of its competitors. Incyte’s profit margin is above the pharma average of -32,516.37%. So that's a positive indicator for investors.

Return on Equity Return on equity gives us a look at the amount of net income returned to shareholders. The ROE for Incyte stock is 35.29%, and that's above its industry average ROE of -11.11%.

Incyte stock passes two of our six key metrics today. That's why our Investment U Stock Grader rates it as a hold with caution.

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