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What Has Been Going On With Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ: PLUG)?

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG) traded at $17.44 at close of the session on Monday, 01/23/23, made an upward move of 9.69% on its previous day’s price.

Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $15.90 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 1.74 with the day’s price range being $15.955 – $17.64. In terms of its 52-week price range, PLUG has a high of $32.05 and a low of $11.49. The company’s stock has gained about 37.11% over that past 30 days.

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Plug Power Inc. has a market cap of $9.79 billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Feb 27, 2023 – Mar 03, 2023. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of -$0.23, with the EPS growth for the year raised at -$0.96 for 2022 and -$0.53 for next year. These figures represent -17.10% and 44.80% 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 $249.78 million, with a low of $200 million and a high of $289.2 million. According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecast for 2022 is expected to hit $857.61 million, or 70.70% up 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 PLUG stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 50% Sell, while medium term indicators assign it an average of 50% Sell. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 100% Sell.

Based on estimates by 31 analysts, where scores have ranged from 1.00 for a strong buy to 5.00 for a strong sell, 10 have rated the Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) stock as a Hold, while 19 rate it as a Buy. 2 analyst(s) rate it as overweight while 0 of them rated it as underweight, whereas 0 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 24.28% off its SMA20 and 18.72% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 64.98 while the volatility over the past week is 7.50% and jumps to 6.44% over the past one month. The beta value is 1.73, while the average true range (ATR) is currently pointing at 1.04. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $28.23, with the estimates having a low of $13.00 and a high of $78.00. These price ends are 25.46% and -347.25% off the current price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a -54.82% if the PLUG share price touches on the median price of $27.00.

Let’s briefly compare Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) stock to its peers. We find that current price change of 9.69% and -19.26% over the past 12 months for PLUG competes that of Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (APD), which has seen its stock price rise 1.42% in the last trading session and was 7.58% over the last one year. Another of its peers The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) has dropped -1.34% previous session, and was -12.93% down over the past year, while Ballard Power Systems Inc. (BLDP) was also up 9.53% in the last session, while its price remained in the red at -39.69% over the same period. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial were at 1.19% and 0.76%, respectively, at close of the trading.

Coming back to Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 17.01 million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 19.2 million. Current shares outstanding are 578.04 million.

The insiders hold 0.80% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 59.70%. The data shows that short shares as of Oct 13, 2022, stood at 62.4 million at a short ratio of 3.82. This represents a 10.77% short interest in shares outstanding on Oct 13, 2022. Shares short rose in October from the previous month at 60.34 million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with current price pushing the stock 40.99% up in year-to-date price movement.

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