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Analysts Predicting A Spike In Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ: WAFD)?

Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ:WAFD) price on Friday, March 17, fall -4.71% below its previous day’s close as a downside momentum from buyers pushed the stock’s value to $30.13.

A look at the stock’s price movement, the close in the last trading session was $31.62, moving within a range at $29.75 and $31.37. The beta value (5-Year monthly) was 0.85 while the PE ratio in trailing twelve months stood at 7.85. Turning to its 52-week performance, $39.17 and $29.08 were the 52-week high and 52-week low respectively. Overall, WAFD moved -18.85% over the past month.

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Washington Federal Inc.’s market cap currently stands at around $1.97 billion, with investors looking forward to this quarter’s earnings report slated for Apr 11, 2023 – Apr 17, 2023. The company has a Forward Dividend ratio of 1.00, with its dividend yield at 3.32%. As such, investors might be keen on an upside in the stock’s price ahead of the scheduled earnings report. Analysts project the company’s earnings per share (EPS) to be $1.11, which has seen fiscal year 2023 EPS growth forecast to increase to $4.34 and about $4.6 for fiscal year 2024. Per the data, EPS growth is expected to be 28.00% for 2023 and 6.00% for the next financial year.

Analysts have a consensus estimate of $182.23 million for the company’s revenue for the quarter, with a low and high estimate of $180 million and $185.2 million respectively. The average forecast suggests up to a 34.90% growth in sales growth compared to quarterly growth in the same period last fiscal year. Wall Street analysts have also projected the company’s year-on-year revenue for 2023 to grow to $785.13 million, representing a 32.00% jump on that reported in the last financial year.

Revisions could be used as tool to get short term price movement insight, and for the company that in the past seven days was no upward and no downward review(s). Turning to the stock’s technical picture we see that short term indicators suggest on average that WAFD is a 50% Sell. On the other hand, the stock is on average a Hold as suggested by medium term indicators while long term indicators are putting the stock in 50% Sell category.

3 analyst(s) have given their forecast ratings for the stock on a scale of 1.00-5.00 for a strong buy to strong sell recommendation. A total of 1 analyst(s) rate the stock as a Hold, 2 recommend WAFD as a Buy and 0 give it an Overweight rating. Meanwhile, 0 analyst(s) rate the stock as Underweight and 0 say it is a Sell. As such, the average rating for the stock is Overweight which could provide an opportunity for investors keen on increasing their holdings of the company’s stock.

The technical evaluation for the stock shows the PEG ratio is 1.12, with WAFD’s current price about -11.94% and -12.97% off the 20-day and 50-day simple moving averages respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently prints 25.93, while 7-day volatility ratio is 9.79% and 4.35% in the 30-day chart. Further, Washington Federal Inc. (WAFD) has a beta value of 0.87, and an average true range (ATR) of 1.60. Analysts have given the company’s stock an average 52-week price target of $43.33, forecast between a low of $37.00 and high of $48.00. Looking at the price targets, the low is -22.8% off current price level while to achieve the yearly target high, price needs to move -59.31%. Nonetheless, investors will most likely welcome a -49.35% jump to $45.00 which is the analysts’ median price.

In the market, a comparison of Washington Federal Inc. (WAFD) and its peers suggest the former has performed considerably weaker. Data shows WAFD’s intraday price has changed -4.71% in last session and -14.45% over the past year. Comparatively, Banc of California Inc. (BANC) has moved -3.25% on the day and only -35.85% in the past 12 months. Looking at another peer, we see that Broadway Financial Corporation (BYFC) price has dipped -2.88% on the day. However, the stock is -33.99% off its price a year ago. Moreover, Riverview Bancorp Inc. (RVSB) is also down -4.63% in trading on the day while keeping a a downtrend of -27.32% over the past year. If we look at the PE ratio, we find that Washington Federal Inc.’s ratio stands at 7.85 compared to Banc of California Inc.’s 6.96 and Broadway Financial Corporation’s 13.12. Elsewhere, the overall performance for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial shows that the indexes are down -1.10% and -1.19% respectively in the last trading.

If we refocus on Washington Federal Inc. (NASDAQ:WAFD), historical trading data shows that trading volumes averaged 1.17 million over the past 10 days and 538.26K over the past 3 months. The company’s latest data on shares outstanding shows there are 65.34 million shares.

The 1.00% of Washington Federal Inc.’s shares are in the hands of company insiders while institutional holders own 85.70% of the company’s shares. Also important is the data on short interest which shows that short shares stood at 1.69 million on Feb 27, 2023, giving us a short ratio of 4.72. The data shows that as of Feb 27, 2023 short interest in Washington Federal Inc. (WAFD) stood at 2.58% of shares outstanding, with shares short falling to 1.78 million registered in Jan 30, 2023. Current price change has pushed the stock -10.19% YTD, which shows the potential for further growth is there. It is this reason that could see investor optimism for the WAFD stock continues to rise going into the next quarter.

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