Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) traded at $37.47 at last check on Monday, Oct 26, making a downturn move of -1.5% on its previous day’s price.
Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $38.04 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 0.44 with the day’s price range being $37.43 – 38.00. The company has a 12-month trailing PE ratio of 77. In terms of its 52-week price range, WBA has a high of $64.5 and a low of $33.88. The company’s stock has gained about 8.59% over that past 30 days.
Walgreens has a market cap of $32.48 Billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Jan 06, 2021- Jan 11, 2021. With its Forward Dividend at 1.87 and a yield of 4.92%, the company’s investors could be anxious for the WBA stock to gain ahead of the earnings release. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of $0.96, with the EPS growth for the year declined at $4.68 for 2020 and $4.8 for next year. These figures represent -0.22% and at 0.03% growth in EPS for the two years respectively.
Analysts tracking the company’s growth have also given it a consensus growth in revenue estimated at $34.37 Billion, with a low of $33.34 Billion and a high of $35.95 Billion. The median projection represents growth adding up to 1.2% compared to sales earnings for the corresponding quarter a year ago. According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecasts for 2020 are expected to hit $139.17 Billion, or +1.7% up from figures reported last year.
On the other hand, looking at the outlook for the WBA stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 50% Sell, while medium term indicators assign it an average of 50% Sell. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 100% Sell.
Based on estimates by 22 analysts where scores have ranged from 1.00 for a strong buy to 5.00 for a strong sell, 19 have rated the Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA) stock as a Hold, while none rate it as a Buy. 1 analysts rate it as outperform while 1 of them rated it as underperform, whereas 1 suggests the stock as a Sell. The stock has an overall rating of Hold and investors could take advantage and scoop up stock of the company.
Looking further, we note that the PEG ratio for the WBA stock currently stands at 11.02, and the current price level is 2.24% off its SMA20 and 0.9% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 52.31 while the volatility over the past week is 2.13% and jumps to 2.61% over the past one month. The beta value is 0.44, while the average true range (ATR) is currently pointing at 1.04. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $39.67, with the estimates having a low of $33 and a high of $43. These price ends are -11.93% and +14.76% off the current price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a +6.75% if the WBA share price touches on the median price of $40.
Let’s briefly compare Walgreens (WBA) stock to its peers. We find that today’s price change of -1.5% and -30.14% over the past 12 months for WBA competes that of CVS Corp (CVS), which has seen its stock price fall -2.11% in the latest trading session and is -7.08% over the last one year. Another of its peers Herbalife Ltd (HLF) has dropped -1.49% today, and is +20.97% up over the past year, while Rite Aid Corp (RAD) is also down -1.5% yet its price remains in the red at -30.14% over the same period. CVS has a P/E ratio of 9.56 compared to Walgreens 77 and Herbalife’s 22.91. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial are today at -2.04% and -2.53%, respectively, in early deals.
Coming back to Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 6.57 Million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 5.19 Million. Current shares outstanding are 866.53 Million.
According to data from Thomson Reuters, insiders hold 22.25% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 60.61%. The data shows that short shares as of September 29, 2020, stood at 20.01 Million at a short ratio of 2.61. This represents a 2.31% Short interest in Shares outstanding on September 29, 2020. Shares short rose in September from the previous month at 19.04 Million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with today’s price pushing the stock -35.48% down in year-to-date price movement.