For Immediate Release
Chicago, IL – November 7, 2019 - Stocks in this week’s article are Qualys, Inc. (QLYS - Free Report) , Fortinet Inc. (FTNT - Free Report) , Zumiez Inc. (ZUMZ - Free Report) , Commvault Systems, Inc. (CVLT - Free Report) and Alkermes (ALKS - Free Report) .
5 Best Liquid Stocks for Impressive Returns
Liquidity of a stock is an important yardstick that many investors tend to ignore. It primarily indicates a company's capability to meet debt obligations by converting its assets into liquid cash and equivalents. Liquid stocks have always been in demand owing to their potential for providing significant returns.
However, one should exercise caution before investing in such stocks. While a high liquidity level may imply that the company is meeting its obligations at a faster rate than its peers, it may also indicate that the company is failing to use its assets efficiently.
Hence, one should consider the efficiency level of a company in addition to its liquidity for identifying potential winners as this combination is indicative of underlying financial strength.
Measures to Identify Liquid Stocks
Current Ratio: It measures current assets relative to current liabilities. This ratio is used for measuring a company’s potential to meet both short- and long-term debt obligations. Thus, a current ratio — also known as working capital ratio — below 1 indicates that the company has more liabilities than assets. However, a high current ratio does not always indicate that the company is in good financial shape. It may also mean that the company has failed to utilize its assets significantly. Hence, a range of 1 to 3 is considered ideal.
Quick Ratio: Unlike current ratio, quick ratio — also called “acid-test ratio" or "quick assets ratio" — indicates a company’s ability to pay short-term obligations. It considers inventory excluding current assets relative to current liabilities. Like the current ratio, a quick ratio of greater than 1 is desirable.
Cash Ratio: This is the most conservative ratio among the three, as it takes into account only cash and cash equivalents, and invested funds relative to current liabilities. It measures a company’s ability to meet its current debt obligations using the most liquid of assets. Though a cash ratio of more than 1 may point to sound financials, a higher number may indicate inefficiency in cash utilization.
So, a ratio greater than 1 is desirable at all times but may not always appropriately represent a company’s financial condition.
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