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Before You Invest, Make Sure You Check This Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE: BEN) Analysis

Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE:BEN) traded at $29.93 at close of the session on Tuesday, 01/24/23, made a downward move of -1.38% on its previous day’s price.

Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $30.35 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 1.26 with the day’s price range being $29.865 – $30.45. The company has a trailing 12-month PE ratio of 11.84. In terms of its 52-week price range, BEN has a high of $33.03 and a low of $20.24. The company’s stock has gained about 11.22% over that past 30 days.

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Franklin Resources Inc. has a market cap of $14.62 billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Jan 30, 2023 – Feb 03, 2023. With its Forward Dividend at 1.20 and a yield of 4.01%, the company’s investors could be anxious for the BEN stock to gain ahead of the earnings release. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of $0.67, with the EPS growth for the year raised at $3.53 for 2022 and $2.65 for next year. These figures represent -5.60% and -24.90% 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 $1.92 billion, with a low of $1.82 billion and a high of $2 billion. The median projection represents growth adding up to -12.00% compared to sales growth for the corresponding quarter a year ago. According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecast for 2022 is expected to hit $8.24 billion, or -2.30% 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 BEN stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 100% Buy, 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 15 analysts, where scores have ranged from 1.00 for a strong buy to 5.00 for a strong sell, 8 have rated the Franklin Resources Inc. (BEN) stock as a Hold, while 0 rate it as a Buy. 0 analyst(s) rate it as overweight while 1 of them rated it as underweight, whereas 6 suggest the stock as a Sell. The stock has an overall rating of Underweight and investors could take advantage and scoop up stock of the company.

Looking further, we note the current price level is 5.60% off its SMA20 and 10.00% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 63.27 while the volatility over the past week is 2.20% and jumps to 2.38% over the past one month. The beta value is 1.27, while the average true range (ATR) is currently pointing at 0.75. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $24.65, with the estimates having a low of $21.00 and a high of $29.00. These price ends are 29.84% and 3.11% off the current price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a 13.13% if the BEN share price touches on the median price of $26.00.

Let’s briefly compare Franklin Resources Inc. (BEN) stock to its peers. We find that current price change of -1.38% and -5.94% over the past 12 months for BEN competes that of BlackRock Inc. (BLK), which has seen its stock price rise 0.54% in the last trading session and was -6.10% over the last one year. Another of its peers The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (GS) has dropped -0.23% previous session, and was 1.29% up over the past year, while The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BK) was also up 0.24% in the last session, while its price remained in the red at -13.50% over the same period. Franklin Resources Inc. has a P/E ratio of 11.84 compared to BlackRock Inc.’s 22.15 and The Goldman Sachs Group Inc.’s 11.59. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial were at -0.07% and 0.31%, respectively, at close of the trading.

Coming back to Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE:BEN), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 3.43 million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 3.42 million. Current shares outstanding are 487.50 million.

The insiders hold 18.70% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 47.90%. The data shows that short shares as of Oct 13, 2022, stood at 18.54 million at a short ratio of 5.65. This represents a 3.72% short interest in shares outstanding on Oct 13, 2022. Shares short fall in October from the previous month at 20.34 million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with current price pushing the stock 13.46% up in year-to-date price movement.

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