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Is Compass Minerals International Inc. (NYSE) Bullish Or Bearish In 2022?

Compass Minerals International Inc. (NYSE:CMP) shares, rose in value on Friday, 05/13/22, with the stock price up by 4.78% to the previous day’s close as strong demand from buyers drove the stock to $43.20.

Actively observing the price movement in the last trading, the stock closed the session at $41.23, falling within a range of $41.71 and $43.38. The value of beta (5-year monthly) was 1.57 whereas the PE ratio was 54.96 over 12-month period. Referring to stock’s 52-week performance, its high was $75.44, and the low was $40.20. On the whole, CMP has fluctuated by -34.52% over the past month.

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With the market capitalization of Compass Minerals International Inc. currently standing at about $1.80 billion, investors are eagerly awaiting this quarter’s results, scheduled for Feb 14, 2022 – Feb 18, 2022. The company’s Forward Dividend Ratio is 0.60, with its dividend yield at 1.39%. As a result, investors might want to see an improvement in the stock’s price before the company announces its earnings report. Analysts are projecting the company’s earnings per share (EPS) to be $0.58, which is expected to increase to $1.16 for fiscal year $1.28 and then to about $2.27 by fiscal year 2023. Data indicates that the EPS growth is expected to be 116.90% in 2023, while the next year’s EPS growth is forecast to be 77.30%.

Analysts have estimated the company’s revenue for the quarter at $384.28 million, with a low estimate of $358 million and a high estimate of $406.51 million. Wall Street analysts also predicted that in 2023, the company’s y-o-y revenues would reach $1.22 billion, representing an increase of 45.70% from the revenues reported in the last year’s results.

Revisions could be a useful indicator to get insight on short-term price movement; so for the company, there were no upward and no downward review(s) in last seven days. We see that CMP’s technical picture suggests that short-term indicators denote the stock is a 100% Sell on average. However, medium term indicators have put the stock in the category of Hold while long term indicators on average have been pointing out that it is a 100% Sell.

7 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 1 analyst(s), 3 recommend it as a Buy and 2 called the CMP stock Overweight. In the meantime, 0 analyst(s) believe the stock as Underweight 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 1.99, with the price of CMP currently trading nearly -24.73% and -28.21% away from the simple moving averages for 20 and 50 days respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently indicates a reading of 25.17, while the 7-day volatility ratio is showing 6.42% which for the 30-day chart, stands at 5.30%. Furthermore, Compass Minerals International Inc. (CMP)’s beta value is 1.42, and its average true range (ATR) is 2.93.

A comparison of Compass Minerals International Inc. (CMP) with its peers suggests the former has fared considerably weaker in the market. CMP showed an intraday change of 4.78% in last session, and over the past year, it shrunk by -38.09%%. In comparison, Intrepid Potash Inc. (IPI) has moved higher at 7.47% on the day and was up 149.31% over the past 12 months. On the other hand, the price of Sisecam Resources LP (SIRE) has risen 2.96% on the day. The stock, however, is off 35.41% from where it was a year ago. The PE ratio stands at 54.96 for Compass Minerals International Inc., compared to 3.17 for Intrepid Potash Inc., and 14.07 for Sisecam Resources LP. Other than that, the overall performance of the S&P 500 during the last trading session shows that it gained 2.39%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Improved by 1.47%.

Data on historical trading for Compass Minerals International Inc. (NYSE:CMP) indicates that the trading volumes over the past 10 days have averaged 0.37 million and over the past 3 months, they’ve averaged 337.22K. According to company’s latest data on outstanding shares, there are 34.06 million shares outstanding.

Nearly 0.70% of Compass Minerals International Inc.’s shares belong to company insiders and institutional investors own 95.50% of the company’s shares. The data on short interest also indicates that stock shorts accounted for 1.67 million shares as on Feb 14, 2022, resulting in a short ratio of 1.93. According to the data, the short interest in Compass Minerals International Inc. (CMP) stood at 4.89% of shares outstanding as of Feb 14, 2022; the number of short shares registered in Jan 13, 2022 reached 1.31 million. The stock has fallen by -15.43% since the beginning of the year, thereby showing the potential of a further growth. This could raise investors’ confidence to be optimistic about the CMP stock heading into the next quarter.

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