Should This Make MultiPlan Corporation (NYSE:MPLN) Investors Worry?

The trading price of MultiPlan Corporation (NYSE:MPLN) floating higher at last check on Wednesday, Apr 07, closing at $6.06, 3.47% higher than its previous close.

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Traders who pay close attention to intraday price movement should know that it has been fluctuating between $6.20 and $6.49. The company’s P/E ratio in the trailing 12-month period was 0, while its 5Y monthly beta was 0. In examining the 52-week price action we see that the stock hit a 52-week high of $12.93 and a 52-week low of $5.48. Over the past month, the stock has suffered -12.17% in value.

MultiPlan Corporation, whose market valuation is $3.8 Billion at the time of this writing. Investors’ optimism about the company’s current quarter earnings report is understandable. Analysts have predicted the quarterly earnings per share to grow by $0.01 per share this quarter, however they have predicted annual earnings per share of $0.1 for 2021 and $0.18 for 2022. It means analysts are expecting annual earnings per share growth of 4% this year and 0.8% next year.

On the technical side, indicators suggest MPLN has a 50% Sell 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% Sell, while an average of long term indicators suggests that the stock is currently 100% Sell.

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 MPLN a recommendation rating is 4. Out of them, 1 rate it a Hold, while 3 recommend Buy, whereas none assign an Outperform rating. None analyst(s) have tagged MultiPlan Corporation (MPLN) as Underperform, while not any of them 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 MPLN’s price is currently 2.58% off the SMA20 and -10.33% off the SMA50. The RSI metric on the 14-day chart is currently showing 48.98, and weekly volatility stands at 5.15%. When measured over the past 30 days, the indicator reaches 5.47%. MultiPlan Corporation (NYSE:MPLN)’s beta value is currently sitting at 0, while the Average True Range indicator is currently displaying 0.37. With analysts defining $7-$10 as the low and high price targets, we arrive at a consensus price target of $9 for the trailing 12-month period. The current price is about 11.64% off the estimated low and 59.49% off the forecast high, based on this estimate. Investors will be thrilled if MPLN’s share price rises to $9.5, which is the median consensus price. At that level, MPLN’s share price would be +51.52% above current price.

To see how MultiPlan Corporation stock has been performing today in comparison to its peers in the industry, here are the numbers: MPLN stock’s performance was +3.47% at last check in today’s session, and 0% in the past year, while Teladoc Health Inc (TDOC) has been trading -0.61% in recent session and positioned +16.42% higher than it was a year ago. Another comparable company Avantor Inc (AVTR) saw its stock trading -0.89% lower in today’s session but was up +155.99% in a year. Furthermore, Goodrx Holdings Inc Cl A (GDRX) showed an increase of 3.47% today while its price kept declining at 0% over the past year. MultiPlan Corporation has a P/E ratio of 0, compared to Teladoc Health Inc’s 0 and Avantor Inc’s 354.32. Also during today’s trading, the S&P 500 Index has surged 0.16%, while the Dow Jones Industrial also saw a positive session, up +0.01% today.

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An evaluation of the daily trading volume of MultiPlan Corporation (NYSE:MPLN) indicates that the 3-month average is 2.22 Million. However, this figure has declined over the past 10 days to an average of 2.14 Million.

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Currently, records show that 668.92 Million of the company’s shares remain outstanding. According to Thomson Reuters data, insiders hold 7.5% of outstanding shares, whereas institutions hold 84.35%. The stats also highlight that short interest as of March 14, 2021, stood at 18.06 Million shares, resulting in a short ratio of 6.32 at that time. From this, we can conclude that short interest is 2.59% of the company’s total outstanding shares. It is noteworthy that short shares in March were down slightly from the previous month’s figure, which was 24.97 Million. However, since the stock’s price has seen -24.16% year-to-date, investors’ interest is likely to be reignited due to its potential to move higher ahead.

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