The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ:WEN) traded at $22.09 at close of the session on Tuesday, 01/24/23, made a downward move of -1.16% on its previous day’s price.
Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $22.35 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 0.89 with the day’s price range being $21.92 – $22.38. The company has a trailing 12-month PE ratio of 25.48. In terms of its 52-week price range, WEN has a high of $23.78 and a low of $15.77. The company’s stock has lost about -3.45% over that past 30 days.
The Wendy’s Company has a market cap of $4.64 billion and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Feb 27, 2023 – Mar 03, 2023. With its Forward Dividend at 1.00 and a yield of 4.53%, the company’s investors could be anxious for the WEN stock to gain ahead of the earnings release. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of $0.23, with the EPS growth for the year raised at $0.85 for 2022 and $0.98 for next year. These figures represent 3.70% and 15.30% 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 $539.41 million, with a low of $504 million and a high of $558.2 million. The median projection represents growth squeezing down to 14.70% 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 $2.07 billion, or 9.30% up from figures reported last year.
There have been 1 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 WEN stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 50% Buy, while medium term indicators assign it an average of 50% Buy. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 100% Buy.
Looking further, we note that the PEG ratio for the WEN stock currently stands at 2.48, and the current price level is -2.12% off its SMA20 and -1.32% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 45.36 while the volatility over the past week is 2.37% and jumps to 2.52% over the past one month. The beta value is 0.91, while the average true range (ATR) is currently pointing at 0.57. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $24.87, with the estimates having a low of $19.00 and a high of $29.00. These price ends are 13.99% and -31.28% off the current price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a -13.17% if the WEN share price touches on the median price of $25.00.
Let’s briefly compare The Wendy’s Company (WEN) stock to its peers. We find that current price change of -1.16% and 0.50% over the past 12 months for WEN competes that of McDonald’s Corporation (MCD), which has seen its stock price rise 0.10% in the last trading session and was 5.88% over the last one year. Another of its peers Starbucks Corporation (SBUX) has gained 0.40% previous session, and was 10.73% up over the past year, while Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (CMG) was also down -0.14% in the last session, while its price remained in the green at 15.72% over the same period. The Wendy’s Company has a P/E ratio of 25.48 compared to McDonald’s Corporation’s 33.95 and Starbucks Corporation’s 37.64. 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 The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ:WEN), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 2.25 million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 3.02 million. Current shares outstanding are 212.81 million.
The insiders hold 7.40% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 71.90%. The data shows that short shares as of Oct 13, 2022, stood at 5.96 million at a short ratio of 3.38. This represents a 2.80% short interest in shares outstanding on Oct 13, 2022. Shares short fall in October from the previous month at 6.61 million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with current price pushing the stock -2.39% down in year-to-date price movement.