Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC) price on Friday, August 27, fall -0.15% below its previous day’s close as a downside momentum from buyers pushed the stock’s value to $13.42.
A look at the stock’s price movement, the close in the last trading session was $13.44, moving within a range at $13.19 and $13.63. The beta value (5-Year monthly) was 1.35. Turning to its 52-week performance, $14.21 and $1.53 were the 52-week high and 52-week low respectively. Overall, HMHC moved 19.40% over the past month.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company’s market cap currently stands at around $1.62 billion, with investors looking forward to this quarter’s earnings report slated for Nov 03, 2021 – Nov 08, 2021. Analysts project the company’s earnings per share (EPS) to be -$0.22, which has seen fiscal year 2021 EPS growth forecast to increase to -$0.03 and about -$0.19 for fiscal year 2022. Per the data, EPS growth is expected to be 99.20% for 2021 and -533.30% for the next financial year.
Analysts have a consensus estimate of $308.67 million for the company’s revenue for the quarter, with a low and high estimate of $219.1 million and $242.42 million respectively. The average forecast suggests up to a 22.90% growth in sales growth compared to quarterly growth in the same period last fiscal year. Wall Street analysts have also projected the company’s year-on-year revenue for 2021 to grow to $958.76 million, representing a -7.00% decline 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 no upward and no downward review(s). Turning to the stock’s technical picture we see that short term indicators suggest on average that HMHC is a 100% Buy. On the other hand, the stock is on average a 100% Buy as suggested by medium term indicators while long term indicators are putting the stock in 100% Buy category.
3 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 3 analyst(s) rate the stock as a Hold, 0 recommend HMHC 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 Hold which could provide an opportunity for investors keen on increasing their holdings of the company’s stock.
HMHC’s current price about 1.75% and 13.94% off the 20-day and 50-day simple moving averages respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently prints 57.98, while 7-day volatility ratio is 3.21% and 3.99% in the 30-day chart. Further, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (HMHC) has a beta value of 1.34, and an average true range (ATR) of 0.53. Analysts have given the company’s stock an average 52-week price target of $13.10, forecast between a low of $11.00 and high of $14.30. Looking at the price targets, the low is 18.03% off current price level while to achieve the yearly target high, price needs to move -6.56%. Nonetheless, investors will most likely welcome a -4.32% jump to $14.00 which is the analysts’ median price.
In the market, a comparison of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (HMHC) and its peers suggest the former has performed considerably weaker. Data shows HMHC’s intraday price has changed -0.15% in last session and 501.79% over the past year. Comparatively, ATA Creativity Global (AACG) has moved 1.14% on the day and only 150.94% in the past 12 months. Looking at another peer, we see that Scholastic Corporation (SCHL) price has gained 1.26% on the day. However, the stock is 46.47% off its price a year ago. Moreover, Pearson plc (PSO) is also up 0.09% in trading on the day while keeping a an uptrend of 40.88% over the past year. Elsewhere, the overall performance for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial shows that the indexes are up 0.88% and 0.69% respectively in the last trading.
If we refocus on Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company (NASDAQ:HMHC), historical trading data shows that trading volumes averaged 983.80K over the past 3 months. The company’s latest data on shares outstanding shows there are 127.50 million shares.
The 1.10% of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Company’s shares are in the hands of company insiders while institutional holders own 91.20% of the company’s shares. Current price change has pushed the stock 303.00% YTD, which shows the potential for further growth is there. It is this reason that could see investor optimism for the HMHC stock continues to rise going into the next quarter.