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Livent Corporation (LTHM) Stock Behavior Isn’t As Predictable As You Think

Livent Corporation (NYSE:LTHM) concluded the trading at $29.50 on Wednesday, November 23 with a rise of 1.94% from its closing price on previous day.

Taking a look at stock we notice that its last check on previous day was $28.94 and 5Y monthly beta was reading 1.74 with its price kept floating in the range of $28.72 and $29.71 on the day. Company’s P/E ratio for the trailing 12 months is 30.07. Considering stock’s 52-week price range provides that LTHM hit a high price of $36.38 and saw its price falling to a low level of $19.35 during that period. Over a period of past 1-month, stock came subtracting -5.75% in its value.

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With its current market valuation of $5.17 billion, Livent Corporation is set to declare its quarterly results on Feb 15, 2023 – Feb 20, 2023. Analysts are in estimates of $0.37 per share for company’s earnings in the current quarter and are expecting its annual EPS growth moving up to $1.38 for 2022 with estimates of that growing to $1.85 in next year. These estimates are suggesting current year growth of 666.70% for EPS and 34.10% growth next year.

Analysts watching the company’s growth closely have provided estimates for its revenue growth with an average revenue estimate of $241.05 million. They suggested that in the process company could generate revenue of as low as $225 million which could climb up to $254.45 million to hit a high. The average estimate is representing an increase of 96.10% in sales growth from that of posted by the company in the same quarter of last year. In keeping analyst consensus estimate with, company is forecasted to be making an annual revenue of $832.19 million in 2022, which will be 98.00% more from revenue generated by the company last year.

In last 7 days, analysts came adjusting their opinions about stock’s EPS with no upward and no downward revisions, an indication which could give clearer idea about the company’s short term price movement. In contrast, when we review LTHM stock’s current outlook then short term indicators are assigning it an average of Hold, while medium term indicators are categorizing the stock at an average of 50% Buy. Long term indicators are suggesting an average of 100% Buy for it.

According to ratings assigned by 21 analysts at the scale of 1 to 5 with 1.00 representing a strong buy and 5.00 suggesting a strong sell; 11 of them are recommending Livent Corporation (LTHM) as a Hold, while 7 are in view that stock is a Buy. Recommendation by 1 analysts for the stock is an Underweight while number of those analysts who rated the stock as an Overweight is 2, whereas 0 of them are considering the stock as a Sell. When taken as whole, stock gets a rating of Overweight and that encourages the investors to exploit the opportunity and build their stake up in the company.

Digging deeper we become aware of the PEG ratio of the LTHM stock which is currently positioned at 30.07. It further provides that stock’s current price level is -3.31% away from its 20-day simple moving average and is -3.44% off its SMA50. Its relative strength index (RSI) for 14-periods is oscillating at 47.51 while volatility remained at 3.77% over the past week which changes to 5.71% when measuring it over the past month. Beta is valued at 1.73, while measure of average true range or ATR is currently at 1.68. In predicting price targets of as low as $27.00 and as high as $45.00, analysts are in agreement on assigning the stock over the next 12 months average price target of $34.08. Stock’s current price level is 8.47% above from estimated low price target while it is -52.54% below the estimated high; and even if the LTHM’s share succeeded to reach the median price of $35.00, then the outlook of -18.64% could come to the excitement of the investors.

In comparing Livent Corporation (LTHM)’s stock with other industry players reveals that stock’s current price change of 1.94% and that of -1.73% over the past 12 months is in competing position with that of Albemarle Corporation (ALB) which saw its stock price raised by 0.29% in the last trading and went through an increase of 3.18% in past 12-month trading. Livent Corporation has a P/E ratio of 30.07 against that of Albemarle Corporation’s 21.53. On the other hand, the S&P 500 Index was up 0.59% in the last trading session while the Dow Jones Industrial closed the session higher at 0.28%.

Having a second look at Livent Corporation (NYSE:LTHM) provides that stock’s average daily trading volume for 3 months was 3.67 million, while it jumped to 3.39 million when we calculate an average volume for past 10 days. Number of outstanding shares of the stock stood at 179.30 million.

The percentage of outstanding shares held by the insiders is 0.20% while it is 95.90% for the institutional holders. The figures also indicate that as of Oct 30, 2022, number of stock’s short shares was 21.86 million which implies a short ratio of 7.45. This shows down a 12.18% of Short Interest in company’s outstanding shares on the day. In October the standing of shares short improved as it was 24.29 million in the previous month. Addition of 21.00% by stock’s current price to its year-to-date value in last trading session is likely to be increasing investors’ interest in the stock as it is hinting an extended uptrend.

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