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Positive Sentiment Toward Turnaround in Unitil Corporation (UTL) Stock

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BofA Securities raised the price target for the Unitil Corporation (NYSE:UTL) stock from “an Underperform” to “a Neutral”. The rating was released on September 16, 2020. The stock was reiterated by BofA/Merrill, who disclosed in a research note on February 01, 2019, to Underperform and set the price objective to $51.


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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 $0.9 during the last quarter as opposed to a consensus estimate of $0.81, which indicates the company beat its estimate by $0.09, which implies that the company surprised the market by 11.10%. It appears that the average earnings per share estimate for the current quarter (ending in Mar 2021) is $1.16. This is an average of 3 analysts’ earnings, where the high earnings per share estimate is $1.2 and the low earnings per share estimate is $1.14. According to 2 analyst estimates, an average revenue estimate of $145.93M is projected for the current quarter with a high revenue estimate of $161M and a low estimate of $130.87M.

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

The share price of Unitil Corporation (NYSE:UTL) dipped -0.40% to close Friday’s market session at $57.63, lower as compared to yesterday’s close. The stock price fluctuated between $57.05 and $58.69 throughout the trading session with the volume trading being 3033440 shares, which represented a significant variation when compared to the three months average volume of 127.83K shares. The firm’s stock price fluctuated 14.35% within the last five trades and 26.13% within the last 30 trades, which was a significant change from the beginning of this year. Despite the fact that the share price increased 53.80% in the last 6 months and 41.35% was added to its value over the previous 3 months. UTL stock is trading at a margin of 15.26%, 22.15% and 35.63% apart from the 20-Day, 50-Day and 200-Day Simple Moving Average prices.

As of the close of trading, UTL deals in the Utilities domain. The stock is trading -1.13 percent below its 52-week high and 75.70 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 34. 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 Unitil Corporation’s Profitability and Valuation Ratios Tell Us About the Stock?

With regard to the profitability of the company, the operating margin is currently at 17.10 percent and the profit margin is 7.70 percent, and the company has reported a gross margin of 51.50 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 $870.21 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 price-to-earnings ratio for Unitil Corporation (NYSE:UTL) is 26.97. 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 21.30. 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 2.08 that mirrors the cost to be found for sales by the market. The firm managed a Price-to-Book ratio of 2.27, 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, 0.90 percent of Unitil Corporation shares are owned by insiders, and 71.80 percent are held by financial institutions. BLACK TODD R, the Senior Vice President at Unitil Corporation (UTL) has sold 6,309 shares of firm on Mar 23 at a price of $46.16 against the total amount of $0.29 million. In another inside trade, Hevert Robert B, SVP, CFO & Treasurer of Unitil Corporation (NYSE:UTL) bought 200 shares of the firm on Dec 30 for a total worth of $8651.0 at a price of $43.26. An inside trade which took place on Dec 29, Chairman, President & CEO of Unitil Corporation MEISSNER THOMAS P JR bought 1,000 shares of firm against total price of $42998.0 at the cost of $43.00 per share.

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