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Is Now The Time To Buy Paramount Global (NASDAQ: PARA) Stock?

Paramount Global (NASDAQ:PARA) price closed higher on Friday, September 15, jumping 1.96% above its previous close.

A look at the daily price movement shows that the last close reads $13.79, with intraday deals fluctuated between $13.73 and $14.565. The company’s 5Y monthly beta was ticking 1.68. Taking into account the 52-week price action we note that the stock hit a 52-week high of $25.93 and 52-week low of $12.84. The stock subtracted -6.20% on its value in the past month.

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Paramount Global, which has a market valuation of $9.12 billion, is expected to release its quarterly earnings report Oct 31, 2023 – Nov 06, 2023. The company stock has a Forward Dividend ratio of 0.20, while the dividend yield is 1.42%. It is understandable that investor optimism is growing ahead of the company’s current quarter results. Analysts tracking PARA have forecast the quarterly EPS to grow by 0.11 per share this quarter, while the same analysts predict the annual EPS to hit $0.46 for the year 2023 and up to $1.25 for 2024. In this case, analysts estimate an annual EPS growth of -73.10% for the year and 171.70% for the next year.

On average, analysts have forecast the company’s revenue for the quarter will hit $7.23 billion, with the likely lows of $6.96 billion and highs of $7.46 billion. The average estimate suggests sales growth for the quarter will likely rise by 4.50% when compared to those recorded in the same quarter in the last financial year. Staying with the analyst view, there is a consensus estimate of $30.47 billion for the company’s annual revenue in 2023. Per this projection, the revenue is forecast to grow 1.10% above that which the company brought in 2023.

Revisions to the company’s EPS highlights a short term direction of a stock’s price movement, which in the last 7 days came up with no upward and no downward reviews. On the technical perspective front, indicators give PARA a short term outlook of 100% Sell on average. Looking at the stock’s medium term indicators we note that it is averaging as a 100% Sell, while an average of long term indicators are currently assigning the stock as 100% Sell.

The overview shows that PARA’s price is at present -1.06% off the SMA20 and -7.08% from the SMA50. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) metric on the 14-day timeframe is pointing at 46.50, with weekly volatility standing at 4.73%. The indicator jumps to 3.65% when calculated based on the past 30 days. Paramount Global (NASDAQ:PARA)’s beta value is holding at 1.69, while the average true range (ATR) indicator is currently reading 0.60.

Turning out attention to how the Paramount Global stock has performed in comparison to its peers in the industry, here’s what we find: PARA’s stock is 1.96% on the day and -35.86% in the past 12 months, while Apple Inc. (AAPL) traded -0.42% in the last session and was positioned 12.68% up on its price 12 months ago. Another comparison is with Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) whose stock price was down -2.99% in the last trading session, and has flourished 9.21% over the past year. Also, Netflix Inc. (NFLX) showed down trend of -0.89% while its price kept floating at 77.11% over the past year. Elsewhere in the market, the S&P 500 Index has stumbled -1.22% in last trading session, with the Dow Jones Industrial also saw a negative session on the day with -0.83%.

An analysis of the Paramount Global (NASDAQ:PARA) stock in terms of its daily trading volume indicates that the 3-month average is 11.41 million. However, this figure increases on the past 10-day timeline to an average of 16.39 million.

Current records show that the company has 651.00M in outstanding shares. The insiders’ percentage holdings are 0.20% of outstanding shares while the percentage share held by institutions stands at 81.80%. The stats also highlight that short interest as of Aug 30, 2023, stood at 79.66 million shares, which puts the short ratio at the time at 7.79. From this we can glean that short interest is 12.23% of company’s current outstanding shares. Notably, we see that shares short in August rose slightly given the previous month’s figure stood at 76.38 million. But the -16.71% downside, the stock’s price has registered year-to-date as of last trading, will likely reignite investor interest given the prospect of it rallying even higher.