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What Caused Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA) To Rose?

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) traded at $41.24 at last check on Tuesday, November 22, made an upward move of 1.59% on its previous day’s price.

Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $40.59 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 0.65 with the day’s price range being $39.61 – $40.66. The company has a trailing 12-month PE ratio of 8.12. In terms of its 52-week price range, WBA has a high of $55.00 and a low of $30.39. The company’s stock has gained about 18.34% over that past 30 days.

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Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. has a market cap of $35.44 billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Jan 04, 2023 – Jan 09, 2023. With its Forward Dividend at 1.92 and a yield of 4.73%, the company’s investors could be anxious for the WBA stock to gain ahead of the earnings release. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of $1.13, with the EPS growth for the year raised at $4.5 for 2023 and $4.77 for next year. These figures represent -10.70% and 6.00% growth in EPS for the two years respectively.

Analysts tracking the company’s growth have also given it a consensus growth in revenue estimated at $32.83 billion, with a low of $32.13 billion and a high of $33.23 billion. According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecast for 2023 is expected to hit $132.24 billion, or -0.40% down from figures reported last year.

There have been no upward and no downward revisions for the stock’s EPS in last 7 days, something that reflects the nature of company’s price movement in short term. On the other hand, looking at the outlook for the WBA stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 50% Buy, while medium term indicators assign it an average of 50% Sell. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 50% Buy.

Based on estimates by 17 analysts, where scores have ranged from 1.00 for a strong buy to 5.00 for a strong sell, 14 have rated the Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) stock as a Hold, while 2 rate it as a Buy. 0 analyst(s) rate it as overweight while 1 of them rated it as underweight, whereas 0 suggest the stock as a Sell. The stock has an overall rating of Hold and investors could take advantage and scoop up stock of the company.

Looking further, we note that the PEG ratio for the WBA stock currently stands at 6.33, and the most recent price level today is 8.48% off its SMA20 and 17.54% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 68.54 while the volatility over the past week is 2.87% and jumps to 2.92% over the past one month. The beta value is 0.70, while the average true range (ATR) is currently pointing at 1.26. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $41.18, with the estimates having a low of $36.00 and a high of $50.00. These price ends are 12.71% and -21.24% off the today’s price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a -1.84% if the WBA share price touches on the median price of $42.00.

Let’s briefly compare Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (WBA) stock to its peers. We find that today’s price change of 1.59% and -13.60% over the past 12 months for WBA competes that of Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), which has seen its stock price rise 0.45% in the latest trading session and is -49.70% over the last one year. Another of its peers CVS Health Corporation (CVS) has gained 1.33% today, and was 5.08% up over the past year, while McKesson Corporation (MCK) is also up 2.54% yet, while its price remains in the green at 66.95% over the same period. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. has a P/E ratio of 8.12 compared to Amazon.com Inc.’s 85.30 and CVS Health Corporation’s 41.60. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial are today at 0.72% and 0.82%, respectively, in early deals.

Coming back to Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 7.88 million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 7.47 million. Current shares outstanding are 864.50 million.

The insiders hold 0.30% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 59.70%. The data shows that short shares as of Oct 13, 2022, stood at 25.49 million at a short ratio of 3.1. This represents a 2.95% short interest in shares outstanding on Oct 13, 2022. Shares short rose in October from the previous month at 22.57 million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with today’s price pushing the stock -22.18% down in year-to-date price movement.

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