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After strong top-line growth, Century Aluminum Company (CENX)’s share price will eventually rise

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BMO Capital Markets raised the price target for the Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ:CENX) stock from “an Outperform” to “a Market perform”. The rating was released on June 25, 2020. We previously noted in another research note published on March 24, 2020 by B. Riley FBR that downgraded the stock from a Buy to a Neutral with a price target of $5 for CENX stock. In their research brief published September 21, 2018, Berenberg analysts initiated the Century Aluminum Company stock to Sell with a price target of $10.


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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 -$0.32 during the last quarter as opposed to a consensus estimate of -$0.26, which indicates the company missed its estimate by -$0.06, which implies that the company surprised the market by -23.10%. It appears that the average earnings per share estimate for the current quarter (ending in Mar 2021) is -$0.34. This is an average of 2 analysts’ earnings, where the high earnings per share estimate is -$0.32 and the low earnings per share estimate is -$0.37. According to 2 analyst estimates, an average revenue estimate of $458.4M is projected for the current quarter with a high revenue estimate of $458.8M and a low estimate of $458M.

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

The share price of Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ:CENX) dipped -2.19% to close Friday’s market session at $15.66, lower as compared to yesterday’s close. The stock price fluctuated between $15.395 and $16.50 throughout the trading session with the volume trading being 1494136 shares, which represented a significant variation when compared to the three months average volume of 1.53 million shares. The firm’s stock price fluctuated 0.84% within the last five trades and -11.33% within the last 30 trades, which was a significant change from the beginning of this year. Despite the fact that the share price increased 132.34% in the last 6 months and 60.62% was added to its value over the previous 3 months. CENX stock is trading at a margin of -0.47%, -2.80% and 38.75% apart from the 20-Day, 50-Day and 200-Day Simple Moving Average prices.

As of the close of trading, CENX deals in the Basic Materials domain. The stock is trading -20.10 percent below its 52-week high and 283.82 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 165. 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 Century Aluminum Company’s Profitability and Valuation Ratios Tell Us About the Stock?

With regard to the profitability of the company, the operating margin is currently at -5.10 percent and the profit margin is -7.70 percent, and the company has reported a gross margin of -2.30 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 $1.37 billion 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 price-to-earnings ratio is a method of assessing corporate values by comparing them to their per-share profit. Forward P/E stands at 16.31. Forward price-to-earnings is calculated using predicted earnings for the next financial year’s P/E determination. The stock has achieved an effective Price-to-Sales Ratio of 0.85 that mirrors the cost to be found for sales by the market. The firm managed a Price-to-Book ratio of 2.58, which equates the market value of a stock with its book value.

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, 1.10 percent of Century Aluminum Company shares are owned by insiders, and 56.10 percent are held by financial institutions. Gudlaugsson Gunnar, the EVP – Global Operations at Century Aluminum Company (CENX) has sold 5,473 shares of firm on Mar 03 at a price of $17.74 against the total amount of $97091.0. In another inside trade, BLESS MICHAEL A, President and CEO of Century Aluminum Company (NASDAQ:CENX) sold 15,000 shares of the firm on Mar 03 for a total worth of $0.26 million at a price of $17.62. An inside trade which took place on Mar 02, President and CEO of Century Aluminum Company BLESS MICHAEL A sold 35,000 shares of firm against total price of $0.57 million at the cost of $16.40 per share.

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