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Is Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. (NYSE: ITUB) A Suitable Stock For New Investors Now?

Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. (NYSE:ITUB) price on Thursday, August 26, fall -3.21% below its previous day’s close as a downside momentum from buyers pushed the stock’s value to $5.73.

A look at the stock’s price movement, the close in the last trading session was $5.92, moving within a range at $5.705 and $5.8596. The beta value (5-Year monthly) was 1.06 while the PE ratio in trailing twelve months stood at 10.96. Turning to its 52-week performance, $6.74 and $3.84 were the 52-week high and 52-week low respectively. Overall, ITUB moved -3.85% over the past month.


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Itau Unibanco Holding S.A.’s market cap currently stands at around $53.85 billion. The company has a Forward Dividend ratio of 0.03, with its dividend yield at 0.52%. As such, investors might be keen on an upside in the stock’s price ahead of the scheduled earnings report. Analysts project the company’s earnings per share (EPS) to be $0.13, which has seen fiscal year 2021 EPS growth forecast to increase to $0.52 and about $0.59 for fiscal year 2022. Per the data, EPS growth is expected to be 40.50% for 2021 and 13.50% for the next financial year.

Analysts have a consensus estimate of $5.19 billion for the company’s revenue for the quarter, with a low and high estimate of $5.19 billion and $5.19 billion respectively. Wall Street analysts have also projected the company’s year-on-year revenue for 2021 to grow to $22.86 billion, representing a 17.60% jump on that reported in the last financial year.

Revisions could be used as tool to get short term price movement insight, and for the company that in the past seven days was 1 upward and no downward review(s). Turning to the stock’s technical picture we see that short term indicators suggest on average that ITUB is a Hold. On the other hand, the stock is on average a 50% Buy as suggested by medium term indicators while long term indicators are putting the stock in 100% Buy category.

12 analyst(s) have given their forecast ratings for the stock on a scale of 1.00-5.00 for a strong buy to strong sell recommendation. A total of 4 analyst(s) rate the stock as a Hold, 8 recommend ITUB as a Buy and 0 give it an Overweight rating. Meanwhile, 0 analyst(s) rate the stock as Underweight and 0 say it is a Sell. As such, the average rating for the stock is Overweight which could provide an opportunity for investors keen on increasing their holdings of the company’s stock.

The technical evaluation for the stock shows the PEG ratio is 7.30, with ITUB’s current price about -0.58% and -1.87% off the 20-day and 50-day simple moving averages respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently prints 49.50, while 7-day volatility ratio is 2.95% and 3.47% in the 30-day chart. Further, Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. (ITUB) has a beta value of 0.85, and an average true range (ATR) of 0.20. Analysts have given the company’s stock an average 52-week price target of $6.98, forecast between a low of $5.33 and high of $8.25. Looking at the price targets, the low is 6.98% off current price level while to achieve the yearly target high, price needs to move -43.98%. Nonetheless, investors will most likely welcome a -22.51% jump to $7.02 which is the analysts’ median price.

In the market, a comparison of Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. (ITUB) and its peers suggest the former has performed considerably weaker. Data shows ITUB’s intraday price has changed -3.21% in last session and 37.55% over the past year. Comparatively, Credicorp Ltd. (BAP) has moved -2.14% on the day and only -20.81% in the past 12 months. Looking at another peer, we see that Banco Santander S.A. (SAN) price has dipped -2.10% on the day. However, the stock is 76.31% off its price a year ago. Moreover, Banco Bradesco S.A. (BBD) is also down -2.89% in trading on the day while keeping a an uptrend of 37.04% over the past year. If we look at the PE ratio, we find that Itau Unibanco Holding S.A.’s ratio stands at 10.96 compared to Credicorp Ltd.’s 15.83 and Banco Santander S.A.’s 9.69. Elsewhere, the overall performance for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial shows that the indexes are down -0.58% and -0.54% respectively in the last trading.

If we refocus on Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. (NYSE:ITUB), historical trading data shows that trading volumes averaged 35.22 million over the past 10 days and 38.43 million over the past 3 months. The company’s latest data on shares outstanding shows there are 9.78 billion shares.

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The 52.10% of Itau Unibanco Holding S.A.’s shares are in the hands of company insiders while institutional holders own 24.10% of the company’s shares. Also important is the data on short interest which shows that short shares stood at 33.54 million on Jul 14, 2021, giving us a short ratio of 0.84. The data shows that as of Jul 14, 2021 short interest in Itau Unibanco Holding S.A. (ITUB) stood at 0.34% of shares outstanding, with shares short rising to 21.77 million registered in Jun 14, 2021. Current price change has pushed the stock -4.86% YTD, which shows the potential for further growth is there. It is this reason that could see investor optimism for the ITUB stock continues to rise going into the next quarter.

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