BofA Securities raised the price target for the Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) stock from “a Neutral” to “a Buy”. The rating was released on April 26, 2021. The research report from Evercore ISI has upgraded the stock from Underperform to In-line, with a price target set at $86. The stock was downgraded by Morgan Stanley, who disclosed in a research note on November 30, 2020, from Overweight to Equal-Weight and set the price objective to $107.
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 $5.04 during the last quarter as opposed to a consensus estimate of $2.82, which indicates the company beat its estimate by $2.22, which implies that the company surprised the market by 78.70%. It appears that the average earnings per share estimate for the current quarter (ending in Jun 2021) is $3.07. This is an average of 19 analysts’ earnings, where the high earnings per share estimate is $4.33 and the low earnings per share estimate is $2.08. According to 17 analyst estimates, an average revenue estimate of $2.81B is projected for the current quarter with a high revenue estimate of $2.87B and a low estimate of $2.73B.
The latest trade, Performances and Moving Averages give us the following Picture
The share price of Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) dipped -0.40% to close Friday’s market session at $113.97, lower as compared to yesterday’s close. The stock price fluctuated between $113.91 and $116.735 throughout the trading session with the volume trading being 2634876 shares, which represented a significant variation when compared to the three months average volume of 2.24 million shares. The firm’s stock price fluctuated -2.44% within the last five trades and 14.54% within the last 30 trades, which was a significant change from the beginning of this year. Despite the fact that the share price increased 49.80% in the last 6 months and 19.48% was added to its value over the previous 3 months. DFS stock is trading at a margin of -0.01%, 9.07% and 38.42% apart from the 20-Day, 50-Day and 200-Day Simple Moving Average prices.
As of the close of trading, DFS deals in the Financial domain. The stock is trading -6.15 percent below its 52-week high and 186.64 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 128.31. 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 Discover Financial Services’s Profitability and Valuation Ratios Tell Us About the Stock?
With regard to the profitability of the company, the operating margin is currently at 85.20 percent and the profit margin is 25.30 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 $34.89 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 for Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) is 12.84. 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 9.72. 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 3.24 that mirrors the cost to be found for sales by the market. The firm managed a Price-to-Book ratio of 3.15, 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, 0.60 percent of Discover Financial Services shares are owned by insiders, and 88.40 percent are held by financial institutions. Moskow Michael H, the Director at Discover Financial Services (DFS) has sold 3,824 shares of firm on May 06 at a price of $115.97 against the total amount of $0.44 million. In another inside trade, Offereins Diane E, EVP, Pres. – Payment Services of Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) sold 15,000 shares of the firm on Apr 30 for a total worth of $1.71 million at a price of $114.02. An inside trade which took place on Apr 30, EVP, Chief Risk Officer of Discover Financial Services Hughes Brian sold 9,724 shares of firm against total price of $1.11 million at the cost of $114.08 per share.