Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. (AHT): The trend is bucking and there is potential for recovery

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DA Davidson raised the price target for the Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. (NYSE:AHT) stock from “an Underperform” to “a Neutral”. The rating was released on June 17, 2020. We previously noted in another research note published on April 06, 2020 by B. Riley FBR that downgraded the stock from a Buy to a Neutral with a price target of $1.50 for AHT stock. The research report from DA Davidson has downgraded the stock from Neutral to Underperform. The stock was downgraded by DA Davidson, who disclosed in a research note on June 17, 2019, from Buy to Neutral and set the price objective to $4. In their research brief published February 27, 2017, FBR & Co. analysts upgraded the Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. stock from Mkt Perform to Outperform with a price target of $8.


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Historical Earnings Surprises and Revenue Forecasts

Profit is the most critical financial performance measure. Every investor in a business is looking forward to the earnings report as stock price to increase when earnings exceed market expectations and progressively decrease when earnings do not meet expectations. The firm reported an earnings per share (EPS) of -$4.1 during the last quarter as opposed to a consensus estimate of -$12.6, which indicates the company beat its estimate by $8.5, which implies that the company surprised the market by 67.50%. It appears that the average earnings per share estimate for the current quarter (ending in Mar 2021) is -$10.7. This is an average of 1 analysts’ earnings, where the high earnings per share estimate is -$10.7 and the low earnings per share estimate is -$10.7. According to 3 analyst estimates, an average revenue estimate of $108.87M is projected for the current quarter with a high revenue estimate of $115M and a low estimate of $97M.

The latest trade, Performances and Moving Averages give us the following Picture

The share price of Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. (NYSE:AHT) dipped -5.52% to close Wednesday’s market session at $2.91, lower as compared to yesterday’s close. The stock price fluctuated between $2.91 and $3.3384 throughout the trading session with the volume trading being 10289175 shares, which represented a significant variation when compared to the three months average volume of 8.71 million shares. The firm’s stock price fluctuated -24.42% within the last five trades and -22.40% within the last 30 trades, which was a significant change from the beginning of this year. Despite the fact that the share price increased 70.18% in the last 6 months and -17.09% was subtracted to its value over the previous 3 months. AHT stock is trading at a margin of -11.23%, -7.40% and -20.27% apart from the 20-Day, 50-Day and 200-Day Simple Moving Average prices.

As of the close of trading, AHT deals in the Real Estate domain. The stock is trading -84.52 percent below its 52-week high and 129.13 percent above its 52-week low. For example, looking both at the price and the high and low measurements of 52 weeks will give you a clearer picture of the direction the price is heading. The firm’s Weighted Alpha is -64.26. A positive weighted alpha indicates the firm has done well over the course of the year, whereas one below 0 indicates that the firm has done poorly.

What Does Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc.’s Profitability and Valuation Ratios Tell Us About the Stock?

With regard to the profitability of the company, the operating margin is currently at -76.50 percent and the company has reported a gross margin of -1.20 percent. The profit margin, also known as the revenue ratio or gross profit ratio, is an efficiency figure used to estimate the business’s profitability by comparing net income and sales. The higher the number, the more profits are generated for the company and vice versa.

The stock’s market cap achieved a total value of $317.39 million as of the last trading session. Market capitalization is the total value of all outstanding shares of a corporation and it is used to measure a company’s market value. The stock has achieved an effective Price-to-Sales Ratio of 0.62 that mirrors the cost to be found for sales by the market.

Is Insider Trading a Real Thing?

Almost all investors and traders prefer to invest in shares controlled by the management of a corporation as a management company will be more likely to run the business itself and to never conduct things against the management’s desires and will always try to do what is best for their shareholders. Currently, 0.20 percent of Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. shares are owned by insiders, and 14.90 percent are held by financial institutions. Ansell Benjamin J MD, the Director at Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. (AHT) has bought 10,000 shares of firm on Sep 10 at a price of $5.04 against the total amount of $50400.0. In another inside trade, Ansell Benjamin J MD, Director of Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. (NYSE:AHT) bought 50,000 shares of the firm on Aug 28 for a total worth of $0.15 million at a price of $2.92. An inside trade which took place on Aug 07, Director of Ashford Hospitality Trust Inc. Ansell Benjamin J MD bought 10,000 shares of firm against total price of $38500.0 at the cost of $3.85 per share.

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