Chaikin Stock Report for On Assignment, Inc. ASGN 04-20-2012
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The Chaikin Power Gauge RatingTM for On Assignment, Inc. ASGN is bullish due to very bullish price/volume activity and very positive expert opinions. The rating also reflects very poor financial metrics. Price and volume activity for ASGN is very bullish which is indicated by its price strength versus the market and a positive Chaikin price trend.

Financial Metrics Rating – Very Bearish

ASGN's financial metrics are very poor. The company generates relatively low free cash flow relative to market capitalization and is carrying too much long-term debt relative to its industry group. The rank is based on a high long-term debt to equity ratio relative to its industry group, high price to book value ratio and relatively low cash flow.

Earnings Performance Rating – Neutral

ASGN's earnings performance has been neutral. The company has outperformed analysts' earnings estimates and is priced relatively high compared to next year's projected EPS. The rank is based on better than expected earnings in recent quarters, a relatively high projected P/E ratio and consistent earnings over the past 5 years.

Price/Volume Activity Rating – Very Bullish

Price and volume activity for ASGN is very bullish. ASGN has outperformed the S&P 500 over 26 weeks and has a rising price trend. The rank for ASGN is based on its price strength versus the market, a positive Chaikin price trend, a negative Chaikin price trend ROC and an increasing volume trend.

Expert Opinions – Very Bullish

Expert opinions about ASGN are very positive. Analysts are raising their EPS estimates for ASGN and analyst’s opinions on ASGN have been more positive recently. The rank for ASGN is based on analysts revising earnings estimates upward, a low short interest ratio, insiders purchasing stock, optimistic analyst opinions and price strength of the stock versus the Business Service industry group.

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