Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation (NYSE:WMC) concluded the trading at $2.98 on Friday, Jan 22, with a rise of 0.68% from its closing price on previous day.
Taking a look at stock we notice that its last check on previous day was $2.96 and 5Y monthly beta was reading 2.14 with its price kept floating in the range of $2.8600 and $2.9800 on the day. Company’s P/E ratio for the trailing 12 months is 0. Considering stock’s 52-week price range provides that WMC hit a high price of $11.33 and saw its price falling to a low level of $1.37 during that period. Over a period of past 1-month, stock came losing -9.42% in its value.
With its current market valuation of $184.25 Million, Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation is set to declare its quarterly results on Mar 02, 2021- Mar 08, 2021. WMC Stock’s Forward Dividend of 0.24 and its yield of 8.05% are making investors’ thoughts stronger that it could climb further before the company announces its earnings for the current quarter. Analysts are in estimates of $0.08 per share for company’s earnings in the current quarter and are expecting its annual EPS growth moving down to $0.55 for 2021 with estimates of that growing to $0.31 in next year. These estimates are suggesting current year growth of -0.55% for EPS and -0.44% growth next year.
Analysts watching the company’s growth closely have provided estimates for its revenue growth with an average revenue estimate of $11.99 Million. They suggested that in the process company could generate revenue of as low as $10.78 Million which could climb up to $13.2 Million to hit a high. The average estimate is representing an increase of -36.7% in sales growth from that of posted by the company in the same quarter of last year. In keeping analyst consensus estimate with, company is forecasted to be making an annual revenue of $51.24 Million in 2021, which will be -23.5% less from revenue generated by the company last year.
In contrast, when we review WMC stock’s current outlook then short term indicators are assigning it an average of Hold, while medium term indicators are categorizing the stock at an average of 50% Buy. Long term indicators are suggesting an average of 100% Buy for it.
According to ratings assigned by 2 analysts at the scale of 1 to 5 with 1.00 representing a strong buy and 5.00 suggesting a strong sell; 1 of them are recommending Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation (WMC) as a Hold, while none are in view that stock is a Buy. Recommendation by None analysts for the stock is an Outperform while number of those analysts who rated the stock as Underperform is 1, whereas none of them are considering the stock as a Sell. When taken as whole, stock gets a rating of Underweight and that encourages the investors to exploit the opportunity and build their stake up in the company.
Digging deeper we become aware of the PEG ratio of the WMC stock which is currently positioned at 0. It further provides that stock’s current price level is -5.16% away from its 20-day simple moving average and is -4.6% off its SMA50. Its relative strength index (RSI) for 14-periods is oscillating at 43.03 while volatility remained at 4.38% over the past week which changes to 4.56% when measuring it over the past month. Beta is valued at 2.14, while measure of average true range or ATR is currently at 0.14. In predicting price targets of as low as $2 and as high as $2, analysts are in agreement on assigning the stock over the next 12 months average price target of $2. Stock’s current price level is -32.89% above from estimated low price target while it is -32.89% below the estimated high; and even if the WMC’s share succeeded to reach the median price of $2, then the outlook of -32.89% could come to the excitement of the investors.
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In comparing Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation (WMC)’s stock with other industry players reveals that stock’s current price change of +0.68% and that of -72.23% over the past 12 months is in competing position with that of Annaly Capital Management Inc (NLY) which saw its stock price fell by 0% in the last trading and went through a decline of -13.81% in past 12-month trading. Industry’s another major player American Capital Age (AGNC) has jumped 0.34% up in previous session, but over the past year has faced a fall of -12.43%, while Starwood Property Trust (STWD) was also up 0.68% however its price remained floating in the red at -72.23% over the same period. Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation has a P/E ratio of 0 against that of Annaly Capital Management Inc’s 0 while American Capital Age is showing 0 for the same. On the other hand, the S&P 500 Index was down -0.3% in the last trading session while the Dow Jones Industrial closed the session lower at -0.57%.
Having a second look at Western Asset Mortgage Capital Corporation (NYSE:WMC) provides that stock’s average daily trading volume for 3 months was 1.05 Million, while it jumped to 764.66 Million when we calculate an average volume for past 10 days. Number of outstanding shares of the stock stood at 60.81 Million.
Data compiled by Thomson Reuters highlights that percentage of outstanding shares held by the insiders is 0.83% while it is 33.2% for the institutional holders. The figures also indicate that as of December 30, 2020, number of stock’s short shares was 4390000 which implies a short ratio of 4.53. This shows up a 7.23% of Short Interest in company’s outstanding shares on the day. In December the standing of shares short improved as it was 4.35 Million in the previous month. Drop of -8.59% by stock’s current price to its year-to-date value in last trading session is likely to be increasing investors’ worries about the stock as it is hinting a further drop.
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