Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) price closed lower on Monday, September 13, dropping -0.55% below its previous close.
A look at the daily price movement shows that the last close reads $49.45, with intraday deals fluctuated between $49.075 and $50.25. The company’s 5Y monthly beta was ticking 0.46 while its P/E ratio in the trailing 12-month period read 21.23. Taking into account the 52-week price action we note that the stock hit a 52-week high of $57.05 and 52-week low of $33.36. The stock subtracted -0.28% on its value in the past month.
Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., which has a market valuation of $43.50 billion, is expected to release its quarterly earnings report Oct 13, 2021 – Oct 18, 2021. The company stock has a Forward Dividend ratio of 1.87, while the dividend yield is 3.80%. It is understandable that investor optimism is growing ahead of the company’s current quarter results. Analysts tracking WBA have forecast the quarterly EPS to grow by 1.01 per share this quarter, while the same analysts predict the annual EPS to hit $4.75 for the year 2021 and up to $5.05 for 2022. In this case, analysts estimate an annual EPS growth of 11.00% for the year and 6.30% for the next year.
On average, analysts have forecast the company’s revenue for the quarter will hit $33.35 billion, with the likely lows of $32.1 billion and highs of $34.29 billion. The average estimate suggests sales growth for the quarter will likely fall by -4.00% when compared to those recorded in the same quarter in the last financial year. Staying with the analyst view, there is a consensus estimate of $131.51 billion for the company’s annual revenue in 2021. Per this projection, the revenue is forecast to grow -5.80% below that which the company brought in 2021.
Revisions to the company’s EPS highlights a short term direction of a stock’s price movement, which in the last 7 days came up with 1 upward and no downward reviews. On the technical perspective front, indicators give WBA a short term outlook of Hold on average. Looking at the stock’s medium term indicators we note that it is averaging as a 50% Sell, while an average of long term indicators are currently assigning the stock as 50% Sell.
Here is a look at the average analyst rating for the stock as represented on a scale of 1.00 to 5.00, with the extremes of 1.00 and 5.00 suggesting the stock is strong buy or strong sell respectively. Specifically, 22 analysts have assigned WBA a recommendation rating as follows: 19 rate it as a Hold; 0 advise Buy while 1 analyst(s) assign an Overweight rating. 1 analyst(s) have tagged the Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) stock as Underweight, with 1 recommending Sell. In general, analysts have rated the stock Hold, a scenario likely to bolster investors out for an opportunity to add to their holdings of the company’s shares.
If we dive deeper into the stock’s performance we see the positive picture represented by the PEG ratio, currently standing at 4.13. The overview shows that WBA’s price is at present -0.56% off the SMA20 and 2.21% from the SMA50. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) metric on the 14-day timeframe is pointing at 48.65, with weekly volatility standing at 1.85%. The indicator jumps to 1.92% when calculated based on the past 30 days. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA)’s beta value is holding at 0.48, while the average true range (ATR) indicator is currently reading 0.99. Considering analysts have assigned the stock a price target range of $40.00-$68.00 as the low and high respectively, we find the trailing 12-month average consensus price target to be $52.42. Based on this estimate, we see that current price is roughly 18.67% off the estimated low and -38.27% off the forecast high. Investors will no doubt be excited to see the share price fall to $52.00, which is the median consensus price, and at that level WBA would be -5.73% from current price.
Turning out attention to how the Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. stock has performed in comparison to its peers in the industry, here’s what we find: WBA’s stock is -0.55% on the day and 41.73% in the past 12 months, while Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) traded -0.35% in the last session and was positioned 10.94% up on its price 12 months ago. Another comparison is with CVS Health Corporation (CVS) whose stock price was up 0.86% in the last trading session, and has flourished 47.23% over the past year. Also, McKesson Corporation (MCK) showed up trend of 1.63% while its price kept floating at 37.02% over the past year. As for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc., the P/E ratio stands at 21.23 lower than that of Amazon.com Inc.’s at 60.25 and CVS Health Corporation’s 15.49. Elsewhere in the market, the S&P 500 Index has rallied 0.23% in last trading session, with the Dow Jones Industrial also saw a positive session on the day with 0.76%.
An analysis of the Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) stock in terms of its daily trading volume indicates that the 3-month average is 5.59 million. However, this figure increases on the past 10-day timeline to an average of 4.02 million.
Current records show that the company has 864.70M in outstanding shares. The insiders’ percentage holdings are 0.10% of outstanding shares while the percentage share held by institutions stands at 58.00%. The stats also highlight that short interest as of Jun 14, 2021, stood at 12.8 million shares, which puts the short ratio at the time at 2.61. From this we can glean that short interest is 1.48% of company’s current outstanding shares. Notably, we see that shares short in June rose slightly given the previous month’s figure stood at 11.99 million. But the 23.32% upside, the stock’s price has registered year-to-date as of last trading, will likely reignite investor interest given the prospect of it rallying even higher.