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Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) Forecast: Revisiting The Past To Gain Insights For The Future

Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG) concluded the trading at $8.52 on Friday, September 15 with a fall of -2.41% from its closing price on previous day.

Taking a look at stock we notice that its last check on previous day was $8.73 and 5Y monthly beta was reading 1.89 with its price kept floating in the range of $8.44 and $8.785 on the day. Considering stock’s 52-week price range provides that PLUG hit a high price of $30.43 and saw its price falling to a low level of $7.39 during that period. Over a period of past 1-month, stock came subtracting -0.70% in its value.

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With its current market valuation of $5.33 billion, Plug Power Inc. is set to declare its quarterly results on Nov 06, 2023 – Nov 10, 2023. Analysts are in estimates of -$0.29 per share for company’s earnings in the current quarter and are expecting its annual EPS growth moving up to -$1.22 for 2023 with estimates of that growing to -$0.52 in next year. These estimates are suggesting current year growth of 2.40% for EPS and 57.40% growth next year.

Analysts watching the company’s growth closely have provided estimates for its revenue growth with an average revenue estimate of $343.57 million. They suggested that in the process company could generate revenue of as low as $281 million which could climb up to $435.03 million to hit a high. The average estimate is representing an increase of 38.50% in sales growth from that of posted by the company in the same quarter of last year. In keeping analyst consensus estimate with, company is forecasted to be making an annual revenue of $1.3 billion in 2023, which will be 85.10% more from revenue generated by the company last year.

In last 7 days, analysts came adjusting their opinions about stock’s EPS with no upward and no downward revisions, an indication which could give clearer idea about the company’s short term price movement. In contrast, when we review PLUG stock’s current outlook then short term indicators are assigning it an average of 50% Sell, while medium term indicators are categorizing the stock at an average of 50% Sell. Long term indicators are suggesting an average of 100% Sell for it.

According to ratings assigned by 30 analysts at the scale of 1 to 5 with 1.00 representing a strong buy and 5.00 suggesting a strong sell; 12 of them are recommending Plug Power Inc. (PLUG) as a Hold, while 17 are in view that stock is a Buy. Recommendation by 0 analysts for the stock is an Underweight while number of those analysts who rated the stock as an Overweight is 1, whereas 0 of them are considering the stock as a Sell. When taken as whole, stock gets a rating of Overweight and that encourages the investors to exploit the opportunity and build their stake up in the company.

Digging deeper we become aware of the PEG ratio of the PLUG stock which is currently positioned at 0. It further provides that stock’s current price level is 1.40% away from its 20-day simple moving average and is -16.24% off its SMA50. Its relative strength index (RSI) for 14-periods is oscillating at 44.71 while volatility remained at 5.04% over the past week which changes to 4.98% when measuring it over the past month. Beta is valued at 1.89, while measure of average true range or ATR is currently at 0.49. In predicting price targets of as low as $7.50 and as high as $78.00, analysts are in agreement on assigning the stock over the next 12 months average price target of $17.56. Stock’s current price level is 11.97% above from estimated low price target while it is -815.49% below the estimated high; and even if the PLUG’s share succeeded to reach the median price of $14.00, then the outlook of -64.32% could come to the excitement of the investors.

In comparing Plug Power Inc. (PLUG)’s stock with other industry players reveals that stock’s current price change of -2.41% and that of -71.21% over the past 12 months is in competing position with that of Air Products and Chemicals Inc. (APD) which saw its stock price fall by -1.30% in the last trading and went through an increase of 18.39% in past 12-month trading. Industry’s another major player The Procter & Gamble Company (PG) has fall -0.84% down in previous session, but over the past year has faced a rise of 10.80%, while Ballard Power Systems Inc. (BLDP) was also down -2.32% however its price remained floating in the red at -44.68% over the same period. Plug Power Inc. has a P/E ratio of 0 against that of Air Products and Chemicals Inc.’s 30.88 while The Procter & Gamble Company is showing 26.02 for the same. On the other hand, the S&P 500 Index was down -1.22% in the last trading session while the Dow Jones Industrial closed the session lower at -0.83%.

Having a second look at Plug Power Inc. (NASDAQ:PLUG) provides that stock’s average daily trading volume for 3 months was 21.86 million, while it jumped to 13.82 million when we calculate an average volume for past 10 days. Number of outstanding shares of the stock stood at 598.05 million.

The percentage of outstanding shares held by the insiders is 0.80% while it is 59.70% for the institutional holders. The figures also indicate that as of Aug 30, 2023, number of stock’s short shares was 120.69 million which implies a short ratio of 5.8. This shows up a 20.05% of Short Interest in company’s outstanding shares on the day. In August the standing of shares short improved as it was 111.75 million in the previous month. Subtraction of -31.12% by stock’s current price to its year-to-date value in last trading session is likely to be increasing investors’ interest in the stock as it is hinting an extended uptrend.