RBC Capital Mkts raised the price target for the Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) stock from “an Underperform” to “a Sector perform”. The rating was released on May 13, 2021. We previously noted in another research note published on May 07, 2021 by JP Morgan that upgraded the stock from an Underweight to a Neutral with a price target of $152 for ALB stock. The research report from Evercore ISI has upgraded the stock from In-line to Outperform, with a price target set at $200. The stock was initiated by Cowen, who disclosed in a research note on March 10, 2021, to Outperform and set the price objective to $180. In their research brief published March 01, 2021, Loop Capital analysts upgraded the Albemarle Corporation stock from Hold to Buy with a price target of $186.
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 $1.1 during the last quarter as opposed to a consensus estimate of $0.8, which indicates the company beat its estimate by $0.3, which implies that the company surprised the market by 37.50%. It appears that the average earnings per share estimate for the current quarter (ending in Jun 2021) is $0.83. This is an average of 20 analysts’ earnings, where the high earnings per share estimate is $0.98 and the low earnings per share estimate is $0.65. According to 14 analyst estimates, an average revenue estimate of $788.6M is projected for the current quarter with a high revenue estimate of $823M and a low estimate of $769M.
The latest trade, Performances and Moving Averages give us the following Picture
The share price of Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) raised 6.83% to close Monday’s market session at $187.49, higher as compared to yesterday’s close. The stock price fluctuated between $176.01 and $192.768 throughout the trading session with the volume trading being 3640798 shares, which represented a significant variation when compared to the three months average volume of 938.91K shares. The firm’s stock price fluctuated 9.87% within the last five trades and 11.75% within the last 30 trades, which was a significant change from the beginning of this year. Despite the fact that the share price increased 1.84% in the last 6 months and 26.93% was added to its value over the previous 3 months. ALB stock is trading at a margin of 12.24%, 13.45% and 28.91% apart from the 20-Day, 50-Day and 200-Day Simple Moving Average prices.
As of the close of trading, ALB deals in the Basic Materials domain. The stock is trading -0.46 percent below its 52-week high and 148.86 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 99.93. 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 Albemarle 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 15.70 percent and the profit margin is 11.30 percent, and the company has reported a gross margin of 31.60 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 $20.94 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 Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) is 55.87. 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 36.83. 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 6.50 that mirrors the cost to be found for sales by the market. The firm managed a Price-to-Book ratio of 3.67, 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, 0.20 percent of Albemarle Corporation shares are owned by insiders, and 83.30 percent are held by financial institutions. NARWOLD KAREN G, the EVP, Chief Admin Officer at Albemarle Corporation (ALB) has sold 1,338 shares of firm on Jul 08 at a price of $165.69 against the total amount of $0.22 million. In another inside trade, NARWOLD KAREN G, EVP, Chief Admin Officer of Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB) sold 1,338 shares of the firm on Jun 08 for a total worth of $0.23 million at a price of $171.30. An inside trade which took place on Jun 03, VP, Controller & CAO of Albemarle Corporation Barichivich John Clarence III sold 1,340 shares of firm against total price of $0.22 million at the cost of $167.85 per share.