Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.
What: Shares of nursing services specialist The Ensign Group
So what: In last night's fourth-quarter report, Ensign put the smackdown on both revenue and earnings estimates, and followed up with mighty strong guidance for 2011. The stock set new 52-week and all-time highs on the news, and has gained 65% over the past six months.
Now what: You'd expect a big move on heavy trading volume after a report like that, but the market action has actually been rather meek -- a testament to Ensign's underfollowed nature. Combined with the unglamorous industry in which the company makes its hay, we're looking at a classic high-growth opportunity. So it's no wonder that the stock is nearly as popular as health giants MedcoHealth Solutions and UnitedHealth Group among your fellow Fools.
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