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Synchrony Financial (NYSE: SYF) 2.00% Incline Turns Away Investor Interest In Company’s Stock

Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF) traded at $35.25 at last check on Tuesday, January 24, made an upward move of 2.00% on its previous day’s price.

Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $34.56 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 1.62 with the day’s price range being $34.01 – $36.08. The company has a trailing 12-month PE ratio of 5.46. In terms of its 52-week price range, SYF has a high of $47.05 and a low of $27.22. The company’s stock has gained about 5.85% over that past 30 days.

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Synchrony Financial has a market cap of $14.33 billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Apr 17, 2023 – Apr 21, 2023. With its Forward Dividend at 0.92 and a yield of 2.66%, the company’s investors could be anxious for the SYF stock to gain ahead of the earnings release. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of $1.51, with the EPS growth for the year raised at $4.99 for 2023 and $5.43 for next year. These figures represent -18.90% and 8.80% 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 $3.98 billion, with a low of $3.17 billion and a high of $4.21 billion. The median projection represents growth squeezing down to 5.00% compared to sales growth for the corresponding quarter a year ago. According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecast for 2023 is expected to hit $16.84 billion, or 7.70% up from figures reported last year.

There have been 6 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 SYF stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 50% Sell, while medium term indicators assign it an average of 100% Buy. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 50% Buy.

Based on estimates by 22 analysts, where scores have ranged from 1.00 for a strong buy to 5.00 for a strong sell, 7 have rated the Synchrony Financial (SYF) stock as a Hold, while 11 rate it as a Buy. 0 analyst(s) rate it as overweight while 1 of them rated it as underweight, whereas 3 suggest the stock as a Sell. The stock has an overall rating of Overweight and investors could take advantage and scoop up stock of the company.

Looking further, we note the current price level is 6.64% off its SMA20 and 1.96% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 58.25 while the volatility over the past week is 4.99% and jumps to 3.47% over the past one month. The beta value is 1.62, while the average true range (ATR) is currently pointing at 1.37. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $39.55, with the estimates having a low of $27.00 and a high of $53.00. These price ends are 23.4% and -50.35% off the today’s price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a -7.8% if the SYF share price touches on the median price of $38.00.

Let’s briefly compare Synchrony Financial (SYF) stock to its peers. We find that today’s price change of 2.00% and -23.47% over the past 12 months for SYF competes that of Apple Inc. (AAPL), which has seen its stock price rise 0.48% in the latest trading session and is -14.22% over the last one year. Another of its peers JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) has gained 0.90% today, and was -7.04% down over the past year, while Visa Inc. (V) is also up 0.67% yet, while its price remains in the green at 4.59% over the same period. Synchrony Financial has a P/E ratio of 5.46 compared to Apple Inc.’s 23.13 and JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s 11.36. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial are today at -0.40% and -0.23%, respectively, in early deals.

Coming back to Synchrony Financial (NYSE:SYF), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 5.54 million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 7.51 million. Current shares outstanding are 468.50 million.

The insiders hold 0.40% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 99.93%. The data shows that short shares as of Dec 29, 2022, stood at 15.4 million at a short ratio of 2.95. This represents a 3.42% short interest in shares outstanding on Dec 29, 2022. Shares short fall in December from the previous month at 18.0 million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with today’s price pushing the stock 5.17% up in year-to-date price movement.

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