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Healthstream, Inc. (HSTM - Snapshot Report) is trading in a class of its own, recently hitting a new 52-week high on another great quarter. With an average earnings surprise of 42% over the last four quarters and a bullish growth projection, this Zacks #1 Rank stock offers a healthy stream of momentum.

Company Description

Healthstream, Inc. provides Internet-based learning and research solutions in the United States. The company was founded in 1990 and has a market cap of $334 million.

Although Healthstream pulled back with the market in August, shares have since recovered and rallied into a new 52-week high. The gains come on the heels of strong Q3 results from late October that came in well ahead of expectations.

Third-Quarter Results

Revenue for the period was up 24% from last year to $21 million. Earnings also came in strong at 8 cents, 33% ahead of the Zacks Consensus Estimate calling for 6 cents.

Internet-based subscription products led the way, with revenue up 29% from last year.

Financial Profile

Healthstream also has an awesome financial profile, with cash and short-term investments up 43% from last year to $30 million against no long-term debt.

Estimates

We've seen a little bit of movement in estimates off the good quarter, with the current year up 4% to 27 cents. The next-year estimate is pegged at 32 cents, a bullish 20% growth projection.

Valuation

With a peg ratio of 2.8, HSTM trades at a premium to the benchmark of 1 for value.

12-Month Chart

On the chart, shares recently turned higher and jumped into a new 52-week high. Look for support from the trend line on any weakness. Take a look below.

Michael Vodicka is the Momentum Stock Strategist for Zacks.com. He is also the Editor in charge of the market-beating Zacks Whisper Trader Service.

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