Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CFG): Should Value Hunters Buy It?

The trading price of Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CFG) closed lower on Tuesday, Apr 06, closing at $44.91, -0.2% lower than its previous close.

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Traders who pay close attention to intraday price movement should know that it fluctuated between $44.22 and $45.00. The company’s P/E ratio in the trailing 12-month period was 20.19, while its 5Y monthly beta was 1.78. In examining the 52-week price action we see that the stock hit a 52-week high of $47.56 and a 52-week low of $17.15. Over the past month, the stock has gained 1.17% in value.

Citizens Financial Group, Inc., whose market valuation is $18.72 Billion at the time of this writing, is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on April 16, 2021. The dividend yield on the company stock is 3.48, while its Forward Dividend ratio is 1.56. Investors’ optimism about the company’s current quarter earnings report is understandable. Analysts have predicted the quarterly earnings per share to grow by $0.94 per share this quarter, however they have predicted annual earnings per share of $3.88 for 2021 and $4.03 for 2022. It means analysts are expecting annual earnings per share growth of 0.75% this year and 0.04% next year.

Analysts have forecast the company to bring in revenue of $1.65 Billion for the quarter, with the likely lows of $1.62 Billion and highs of $1.66 Billion. The average estimate suggests sales will likely down by -0.6% this quarter compared to what was recorded in the comparable quarter last year. From the analysts’ viewpoint, the consensus estimate for the company’s annual revenue in 2021 is $6.65 Billion. The company’s revenue is forecast to drop by -3.7% over what it did in 2020.

A company’s earnings reviews provide a brief indication of a stock’s direction in the short term, where in the case of Citizens Financial Group, Inc. 1 upward and no downward comments were posted in the last 7 days. On the technical side, indicators suggest CFG has a 100% Buy on average for the short term. According to the data of the stock’s medium term indicators, the stock is currently averaging as a 100% Buy, while an average of long term indicators suggests that the stock is currently 100% Buy.

Here is the average analyst rating on the stock as represented by 1.00 to 5.00, with the extremes of 1.00 and 5.00 suggesting the stock should be considered as either strong buy or strong sell respectively. The number of analysts that have assigned CFG a recommendation rating is 21. Out of them, 5 rate it a Hold, while 14 recommend Buy, whereas 1 assign an Outperform rating. None analyst(s) have tagged Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (CFG) as Underperform, while 1 advise Sell. Analysts have rated the stock Overweight, likely urging investors to take advantage of the opportunity to add to their holdings of the company’s shares.

If we dig deeper into the stock’s outlook, we see that the stock’s PEG is 0, which symbolizes a positive outlook. A quick review shows that CFG’s price is currently 1.02% off the SMA20 and 5.92% off the SMA50. The RSI metric on the 14-day chart is currently showing 54.54, and weekly volatility stands at 2.38%. When measured over the past 30 days, the indicator reaches 3.19%. Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CFG)’s beta value is currently sitting at 1.78, while the Average True Range indicator is currently displaying 1.61. With analysts defining $42-$56 as the low and high price targets, we arrive at a consensus price target of $48.23 for the trailing 12-month period. The current price is about -6.29% off the estimated low and 24.94% off the forecast high, based on this estimate. Investors will be thrilled if CFG’s share price rises to $48, which is the median consensus price. At that level, CFG’s share price would be +7.1% above current price.

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To see how Citizens Financial Group, Inc. stock has been performing in comparison to its peers in the industry, here are the numbers: CFG stock’s performance was -0.2% in the latest trading, and +164.58% in the past year, while People’s United Finl (PBCT) has traded -0.94% on the day and positioned +88.33% higher than it was a year ago. Another comparable company New York Community Bancorp (NYCB) saw its stock close -0.24% lower in the most recent trading session but was up +52.24% in a year. Furthermore, Tfs Financial Corp (TFSL) showed a decline of -0.2% on the day while its price kept rising at 164.58% over the past year. Citizens Financial Group, Inc. has a P/E ratio of 20.19, compared to People’s United Finl’s 37.23 and New York Community Bancorp’s 14.42. Also in last trading session, the S&P 500 Index has soared -0.1%, while the Dow Jones Industrial also saw a negative seesion, down -0.29% on the day.

An evaluation of the daily trading volume of Citizens Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CFG) indicates that the 3-month average is 5.61 Million. However, this figure has increased over the past 10 days to an average of 6.9 Million.

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Currently, records show that 425.11 Million of the company’s shares remain outstanding. According to Thomson Reuters data, insiders hold 0.43% of outstanding shares, whereas institutions hold 100.34%. The stats also highlight that short interest as of March 14, 2021, stood at 7.27 Million shares, resulting in a short ratio of 1.11 at that time. From this, we can conclude that short interest is 1.71% of the company’s total outstanding shares. It is noteworthy that short shares in March were up slightly from the previous month’s figure, which was 6.97 Million. However, since the stock’s price has seen +25.34% year-to-date, investors’ interest is likely to be reignited due to its potential to move even higher.

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