Why Air Methods Shares Dipped and Rebounded Today

Here's why this helicopter-based ambulance service's stock dropped from the sky like a stone.

Mark Reeth
Mark Reeth and Brendan Mathews
Jan 29, 2014 at 3:16PM
Health Care

Shares of the helicopter-based ambulance service Air Methods (NASDAQ:AIRM) dipped this morning after the company pre-announced earnings late yesterday, with the numbers coming in weaker than expected. The company blamed the poor quarter on a number of factors, including weather, and a reduced number of accidents.

However, shares rebounded and Motley Fool analyst Brendan Mathews sees this much more as a buying opportunity than a sign of broader weakness. He notes in this video that, while the company's business is dependent on several external factors and can fluctuate up and down as a result, with a 30% market share and very strong pricing power, this company is a market leader in its industry.

Also, as the number of people covered by medical insurance increases across the country due to the recent Affordable Care Act legislation, the company is slated to benefit by seeing a boost to its reimbursement rate. Investors interested in the stock could view today as a great time to get in.