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UBS lifts Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. [WBA] price estimate. Who else is bullish?

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Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. [NASDAQ: WBA] traded at a high on 06/12/20, posting a 1.60 gain after which it closed the day’ session at $41.40. The results of the trading session contributed to over 4875149 shares changing hands. Over the past one week, the price volatility of Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. stands at 4.35% while the volatility over the past one month is 3.53%.

The market cap for WBA stock reached $35.75 billion, with 884.50 million shares outstanding and 728.78 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 7.67M shares, WBA reached a trading volume of 4875149 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.


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What do top market gurus say about Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. [WBA]?

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for WBA shares is $45.88 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on WBA stock is a recommendation set at 3.10. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

UBS have made an estimate for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Neutral, with their previous recommendation back on April 06, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Deutsche Bank dropped their target price from $51 to $43. The new note on the price target was released on April 03, 2020, representing the official price target for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another drop from $65 to $61, while Wells Fargo kept a Market Perform rating on WBA stock. On October 30, 2019, analysts decreased their price target for WBA shares from 60 to 55.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is set at 1.72, with the Price to Sales ratio for WBA stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.26. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.54, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 1.65. Price to Free Cash Flow for WBA in the course of the last twelve months was 9.90 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.30.

How has WBA stock performed recently?

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. [WBA] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -8.71. With this latest performance, WBA shares gained by 7.95% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -28.63% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -21.72% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for WBA stock in for the last two-week period is set at 45.40, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 42.04, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 46.35 for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. [WBA]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 42.50, while it was recorded at 43.75 for the last single week of trading, and 51.22 for the last 200 days.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. [WBA]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. [WBA] shares currently have an operating margin of +3.75 and a Gross Margin at +20.49. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +2.91.

Return on Total Capital for WBA is now 12.33, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 10.75. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 16.08, with Return on Assets sitting at 5.87. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. [WBA] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 76.25. Additionally, WBA Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 43.26, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 26.52. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 51.60, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 29.28.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. [WBA] managed to generate an average of $11,643 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 19.84 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 2.02.Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.30 and a Current Ratio set at 0.70.

Earnings analysis for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. [WBA]

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. posted 1.47/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.43/share.When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 2.80%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for WBA. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. go to 2.01%.

Insider trade positions for Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. [WBA]

There are presently around $21,220 million, or 59.80% of WBA stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of WBA stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 71,395,146, which is approximately 2.799% of the company’s market cap and around 22.25% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 50,290,465 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $2.08 billion in WBA stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $1.93 billion in WBA stock with ownership of nearly 0.033% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of April and at the time of the April reporting period, where 563 institutional holders increased their position in Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. [NASDAQ:WBA] by around 32,704,473 shares. Additionally, 736 investors decreased positions by around 47,603,010 shares, while 156 investors held positions by with 432,245,236 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 512,552,719 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. WBA stock had 118 new institutional investments in for a total of 5,009,543 shares, while 167 institutional investors sold positions of 8,648,880 shares during the same period.

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