Iridium Communications Inc. (IRDM) one of today’s top gainers but are analysts standing by stock?

Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM) is trending higher in the market today as the company shares are trading 2.9% or 0.73 points up from last closing price of $25.2, reaching $25.93 at last check. Any clue why there is so much of action in the IRDM stock? The share price has risen in 3 of the last 5 days and is up 9.04% over the past week. It will be exciting to see whether the stock manages to continue increasing or take a minor break for the next few days. The move came on weak volume too with far less shares changing hands than in a normal session. Trading activity as of this writing weakened by -324,077 shares, and in total 753723 shares valued at $19.544 million were seen changing hands compared with 1.078 million shares valued at $27.161 million recorded at the previous session. You should take into consideration that a falling volume on higher prices causes divergence and may be an early warning about possible changes in IRDM stock for the next couple of days.

Iridium Communications Inc. (IRDM) shares have notched a 3-month gain of about 9.04%, but has still advanced 36.59% year to date. By comparison, the stock added 21.39% over the past 12 months, while it jumped 3.87% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $3.26B, with its short interest ratio standing at 10.69%.

In the current trading session for IRDM, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $25.98 and was down as much as $24.83 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $16.64. The 52-week high is now at -8.14 distance from current price. Their recent low of $28.24 represents a 55.89% recovery. This data is quite important for investors who look to benefit from the recent rise of the company’s stock. The price target currently for IRDM is $30.75, this is above the recent high that the stock attained. Taking a look at the overall sentimental views of financial analysts, the trading pattern of this stock recently is very clear.

The stock of Iridium Communications Inc. earned $-0.57 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of -45.49. You can compare it with that of similar companies in its industry to get a sense of whether the stock you’re looking to purchase is overvalued or undervalued. Its current price to earnings ratio is lower than the ones recorded by the industry which is 16.72 and lower compared to the sector’s average of 21.87. When the P/E ratio is low let’s say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. IRDM also has P/S multiple of 6.06. This is greater versus the 12 month P/S ratios of other companies in the same indutry. The peer average price to sales ratio is 0.22x.

IRDM‘s last price was up 8.25% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $23.95 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $23.6. At present, there are 129.4 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 114.53 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 1.6% while institutions stake was 85.5%. The company has generated negative returns on equity over the last 12 months (-4.3%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 73.9% over the past 12 months.

When assessing the full upside of the IRDM stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its 5.15% gain from moving average of $24.66 has brought about a positive sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 2.08 to the stock. With the beta been greater than one, this implies that the company shares are theoretically more volatile than the market, something that the traders definitely are keeping an eye on.

Most of the analysts surveyed by Thomson/First Call think quite highly of Iridium Communications Inc. — 4 analysts rate the stock as a buy with another 0 rating it strong buy. There are 0 analysts who maintain a hold rating for the stock, with 1 giving it a sell rating. Analysts arrived at a 12-month price target of $27 on shares of Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ:IRDM), which corresponds to 4.25% upside potential than its current market price of $25.93 and implies potential despite the recent advance in the price. However, their current target price has climbed from $26.7 a month ago and is up handily from the consensus target of $23.33 a quarter ago.

In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly -18.5%. Though the percentage looks disappointing, extra tailwinds are emerging as looking out over a next 5-year period, with analysts estimating that their earnings will increase annually by 10%. The revenue of the company has risen at an average annualized rate of about 6.4 over the last five years. The company recently recorded an increase of 5.8%, but this figure is rather unattractive.

Let’s briefly check the hedge fund interest towards IRDM stock. Cetera Advisor Networks LLC trimmed position in the company after it dumped -1.5% or 78,518 shares of its common stock. The hedge fund now owns 77,340 shares worth $2,005,426, SEC documents show. Eqis Capital Management Inc. shored up assets in the stock as 16327.46 shares have been purchased, increasing its stake by 7.8% to 17,601 shares which are currently valued at $456,394. In addition, AE Wealth Management LLC recently reported that it now owns 10,808 shares making a total of $280,251 based on the recent price. This refelects a change of -25.3% in their ownership.