Patterson Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCO) traded at $27.78 at last check on Friday, Nov 20, making an upward move of 0.76% on its previous day’s price.

Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $27.57 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 1.62 with the day’s price range being $27.33 – 27.90. The company has a 12-month trailing PE ratio of 0. In terms of its 52-week price range, PDCO has a high of $30.38 and a low of $12.93. The company’s stock has gained about 2.55% over that past 30 days.

Patterson has a market cap of $2.58 Billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Dec 03, 2020- Dec 07, 2020. With its Forward Dividend at 1.04 and a yield of 3.74%, the company’s investors could be anxious for the PDCO stock to gain ahead of the earnings release. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of $0.38, with the EPS growth for the year raised at $1.57 for 2020 and $1.72 for next year. These figures represent 0.01% and at 0.1% 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 $1.41 Billion, with a low of $1.35 Billion and a high of $1.45 Billion. The median projection represents growth adding up to -0.3% 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 $5.51 Billion, or +0.3% up from figures reported last year.

On the other hand, looking at the outlook for the PDCO stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 100% Buy, while medium term indicators assign it an average of 50% Buy. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 100% Buy.

Let’s briefly compare Patterson (PDCO) stock to its peers. We find that today’s price change of +0.76% and +45.83% over the past 12 months for PDCO betters that of Becton Dickinson and Company (BDX), which has seen its stock price fall -0.44% in the latest trading session and is -6.86% over the last one year. Another of its peers Align Technology (ALGN) has climbed 1.16% today, and is +64.05% up over the past year, while Mckesson Corp (MCK) is also up 0.76% yet its price remains in the green at 45.83% over the same period. Becton has a P/E ratio of 84.97 compared to Patterson’s 0 and Align’s 20.31. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial are today at -0.68% and -0.75%, respectively, in early deals.

Coming back to Patterson Companies, Inc. (NASDAQ:PDCO), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 992.68 Million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 723.75 Million. Current shares outstanding are 96.35 Million.

According to data from Thomson Reuters, insiders hold 12.15% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 89.72%. The data shows that short shares as of October 29, 2020, stood at 10.09 Million at a short ratio of 13.77. This represents a 10.48% Short interest in Shares outstanding on October 29, 2020. Shares short rose in October from the previous month at 9.99 Million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with today’s price pushing the stock +35.64% up in year-to-date price movement.

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