Loop Capital raised the price target for the Big Lots Inc. (NYSE:BIG) stock from “a Buy” to “a Hold”. The rating was released on January 28, 2021. We previously noted in another research note published on January 14, 2021 by Telsey Advisory Group that reiterated the stock to an Outperform with a price target of $60 for BIG stock. The research report from Barclays has downgraded the stock from Equal Weight to Underweight, with a price target set at $42. The stock was reiterated by Telsey Advisory Group, who disclosed in a research note on December 04, 2020, to Outperform and set the price objective to $73. In their research brief published October 09, 2020, Wolfe Research analysts initiated the Big Lots Inc. stock to Outperform with a price target of $61.
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 $2.59 during the last quarter as opposed to a consensus estimate of $2.5, which indicates the company beat its estimate by $0.09, which implies that the company surprised the market by 3.60%. It appears that the average earnings per share estimate for the current quarter (ending in Apr 2021) is $1.69. This is an average of 9 analysts’ earnings, where the high earnings per share estimate is $2.58 and the low earnings per share estimate is $1.39. According to 9 analyst estimates, an average revenue estimate of $1.53B is projected for the current quarter with a high revenue estimate of $1.63B and a low estimate of $1.47B.
The latest trade, Performances and Moving Averages give us the following Picture
The share price of Big Lots Inc. (NYSE:BIG) dipped -5.58% to close Friday’s market session at $60.94, lower as compared to yesterday’s close. The stock price fluctuated between $58.62 and $62.91 throughout the trading session with the volume trading being 3159239 shares, which represented a significant variation when compared to the three months average volume of 752.87K shares. The firm’s stock price fluctuated -5.06% within the last five trades and -13.52% within the last 30 trades, which was a significant change from the beginning of this year. Despite the fact that the share price increased 17.08% in the last 6 months and -2.50% was subtracted to its value over the previous 3 months. BIG stock is trading at a margin of -8.47%, -9.45% and 9.59% apart from the 20-Day, 50-Day and 200-Day Simple Moving Average prices.
As of the close of trading, BIG deals in the Consumer Defensive domain. The stock is trading -15.68 percent below its 52-week high and 89.79 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 49.61. 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 Big Lots 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 13.80 percent and the profit margin is 10.10 percent, and the company has reported a gross margin of 40.30 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 $2.15 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 Big Lots Inc. (NYSE:BIG) is 3.83. 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 9.44. 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 0.35 that mirrors the cost to be found for sales by the market. The firm managed a Price-to-Book ratio of 1.74, which equates the market value of a stock with its book value.
Is Insider Trading a Real Thing?
Robins Ronald A Jr, the Executive Vice President at Big Lots Inc. (BIG) has sold 10,000 shares of firm on Apr 09 at a price of $67.50 against the total amount of $0.68 million. In another inside trade, Chambers James R, Director of Big Lots Inc. (NYSE:BIG) sold 10,000 shares of the firm on Apr 08 for a total worth of $0.65 million at a price of $65.22. An inside trade which took place on Apr 08, Executive Vice President of Big Lots Inc. Schlonsky Michael Allen sold 5,000 shares of firm against total price of $0.33 million at the cost of $65.22 per share.