RBC Capital Mkts raised the price target for the Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK) stock from “a Sector perform” to “an Outperform”. The rating was released on July 21, 2021. The stock was upgraded by KeyBanc Capital Markets, who disclosed in a research note on April 12, 2021, from Sector Weight to Overweight and set the price objective to $124. In their research brief published March 15, 2021, Deutsche Bank analysts downgraded the Westlake Chemical Corporation stock from Buy to Hold with a price target of $102.
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The latest trade, Performances and Moving Averages give us the following Picture
The share price of Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK) dipped -1.30% to close Thursday’s market session at $84.88, lower as compared to yesterday’s close. The stock price fluctuated between $84.00 and $86.215 throughout the trading session with the volume trading being 1419066 shares, which represented a significant variation when compared to the three months average volume of 549.21K shares. The firm’s stock price fluctuated 4.84% within the last five trades and -2.58% within the last 30 trades, which was a significant change from the beginning of this year. Despite the fact that the share price decreased -1.85% in the last 6 months and -16.83% was subtracted to its value over the previous 3 months. WLK stock is trading at a margin of 2.45%, -5.64% and -2.92% apart from the 20-Day, 50-Day and 200-Day Simple Moving Average prices.
As of the close of trading, WLK deals in the Basic Materials domain. The stock is trading -20.28 percent below its 52-week high and 50.02 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 26.54. 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 Westlake Chemical 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 14.60 percent and the profit margin is 10.30 percent, and the company has reported a gross margin of 21.50 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 $10.71 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 Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK) is 11.73. 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 9.09. 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 1.18 that mirrors the cost to be found for sales by the market. The firm managed a Price-to-Book ratio of 1.61, 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, 0.50 percent of Westlake Chemical Corporation shares are owned by insiders, and 26.60 percent are held by financial institutions. Chao Albert, the President & CEO at Westlake Chemical Corporation (WLK) has bought 3,000 shares of firm on Aug 11 at a price of $86.21 against the total amount of $0.26 million. In another inside trade, Buesinger Robert F., EVP, Vinyl Products of Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK) sold 5,000 shares of the firm on May 10 for a total worth of $0.53 million at a price of $105.00. An inside trade which took place on Mar 12, EVP and CFO of Westlake Chemical Corporation Bender Mark Steven sold 15,740 shares of firm against total price of $1.49 million at the cost of $94.70 per share.