Analysts Predict a Surge in Lloyds Banking Group plc (NYSE:LYG)?

Lloyds Banking Group plc (NYSE:LYG) shares, dropped in value on Thursday, Apr 08, with the stock price down by -1.27% to the previous day’s close as weak demand from buyers trailed the stock to $2.34.

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Actively observing the price movement in the recent trading, the stock is buoying the session at $2.37, falling within a range of $2.3400 and $2.3600. The value of beta (5-year monthly) is 1.55 whereas the PE ratio is 35.91 over 12-month period. Referring to stock’s 52-week performance, its high was $2.38, and the low was $1.17. On the whole, LYG has fluctuated by 3.95% over the past month.

We see that LYG’s technical picture suggests that short-term indicators denote the stock is a 100% Buy on average. However, medium term indicators have put the stock in the category of 100% Buy while long term indicators on average have been pointing out that it is a 100% Buy.

21 analyst(s) have assigned their ratings of the stock’s forecast evaluation on a scale of 1.00-5.00 to indicate a strong buy to a strong sell recommendation. The stock is rated as a Hold by 7 analyst(s), 10 recommend it as a Buy and 2 called the LYG stock Outperform. In the meantime, 1 analyst(s) believe the stock as Underperform and 1 think it is a Sell. Thus, investors eager to increase their holdings of the company’s stock will have an opportunity to do so as the average rating for the stock is Overweight.

The stock’s technical analysis shows that the PEG ratio is about 0, with the price of LYG currently trading nearly 2.16% and 9.01% away from the simple moving averages for 20 and 50 days respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently indicates a reading of 59.56, while the 7-day volatility ratio is showing 1.63% which for the 30-day chart, stands at 2.13%. Furthermore, Lloyds Banking Group plc (LYG)’s beta value is 1.55, and its average true range (ATR) is 0.05. The company’s stock has been forecasted to trade at an average price of $2.45 over the course of the next 52 weeks, with a low of $2.01 and a high of $2.88. Based on these price targets, the low is -14.1 off current price, whereas the price has to move +23.08% to reach the yearly target high. Additionally, analysts’ median price of $2.48 is likely to be welcomed by investors because it represents an increase of +5.98% from the current levels.

A comparison of Lloyds Banking Group plc (LYG) with its peers suggests the former has fared considerably weaker in the market. LYG showed an intraday change of -1.27% in today’s session so far, and over the past year, it grew by +66.9%. In comparison, Hdfc Bank Ltd (HDB) has moved lower at -0.4% today and is up +101.87% over the past 12 months. On the other hand, the price of Royal Bank of Canada (RY) has risen 0.17% today. The stock, however, is off 51.97% from where it was a year ago. Additionally, there is a decline of -127% for Toronto Dominion Bank (TD) in recent trading while the stock has seen an overall apprecation of 66.9% over the past year. The PE ratio stands at 35.91 for Lloyds Banking Group plc, compared to 195.01 for Hdfc Bank Ltd, and 14.36 for Royal Bank of Canada. Other than that, the overall performance of the S&P 500 during the today’s session so far shows that it gained 0.29%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial weakened by -0.03%.

Data on historical trading for Lloyds Banking Group plc (NYSE:LYG) indicates that the trading volumes over the past 10 days have averaged 4.28 Million and over the past 3 months, they’ve averaged 6.3 Million. According to company’s latest data on outstanding shares, there are 17.74 Billion shares outstanding.

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Nearly 0% of Lloyds Banking Group plc’s shares belong to company insiders and institutional investors own 1.34% of the company’s shares, according to Thomson Reuters’ data. The data on short interest also indicates that stock shorts accounted for 855.4 Million shares as on March 14, 2021, resulting in a short ratio of 0.11. According to the data, the short interest in Lloyds Banking Group plc (LYG) stood at 0% of shares outstanding as of March 14, 2021; the number of short shares registered in February reached 2.68 Million. The stock has risen by +20.92% since the beginning of the year, thereby showing the potential of a further growth. This could raise investors’ confidence to be optimistic about the LYG stock heading into the next quarter.

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