Discover Financial Services [DFS] stock Upgrade by BMO Capital Markets analyst, price target now $52

Discover Financial Services [NYSE: DFS] gained 2.51% on the last trading session, reaching $55.92 price per share at the time. Discover Financial Services represents 308.00 million in outstanding shares, while the company has a total market value of $15.97 billion with the latest information. DFS stock price has been found in the range of $54.33 to $57.96.

If compared to the average trading volume of 6.17M shares, DFS reached a trading volume of 4828941 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Discover Financial Services [DFS]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for DFS shares is $52.53 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on DFS stock is a recommendation set at 2.30. 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.

BMO Capital Markets have made an estimate for Discover Financial Services shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on May 15, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Nomura dropped their target price from $82 to $59. The new note on the price target was released on March 20, 2020, representing the official price target for Discover Financial Services stock. Previously, the target price had yet another drop from $96 to $86, while Piper Sandler kept a Neutral rating on DFS stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Discover Financial Services is set at 3.81, with the Price to Sales ratio for DFS stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.33. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.89. Price to Free Cash Flow for DFS in the course of the last twelve months was 3.39.

Trading performance analysis for DFS stock

Discover Financial Services [DFS] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -4.98. With this latest performance, DFS shares gained by 47.16% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -35.49% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -27.26% 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 DFS stock in for the last two-week period is set at 60.92, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 59.06, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 58.48 for Discover Financial Services [DFS]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 43.16, while it was recorded at 53.57 for the last single week of trading, and 66.84 for the last 200 days.

Discover Financial Services [DFS]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Discover Financial Services [DFS] shares currently have an operating margin of +28.10. Discover Financial Services’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +21.01.

Return on Total Capital for DFS is now 10.36, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 9.16. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 25.57, with Return on Assets sitting at 2.62. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Discover Financial Services [DFS] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 216.72. Additionally, DFS Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 68.43, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 22.47. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 181.07, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 54.46.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Discover Financial Services [DFS] managed to generate an average of $170,872 per employee.

Discover Financial Services [DFS]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Discover Financial Services posted 2.32/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 2.11/share.When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 10.00%. 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 DFS. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Discover Financial Services go to -7.42%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Discover Financial Services [DFS]

There are presently around $14,138 million, or 85.90% of DFS stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of DFS stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 25,193,225, which is approximately 1.826% of the company’s market cap and around 0.70% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 21,489,597 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $1.17 billion in DFS stocks shares; and CAPITAL WORLD INVESTORS, currently with $938.84 million in DFS stock with ownership of nearly -27.407% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Discover Financial Services stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of April and at the time of the April reporting period, where 315 institutional holders increased their position in Discover Financial Services [NYSE:DFS] by around 35,156,112 shares. Additionally, 544 investors decreased positions by around 44,509,320 shares, while 103 investors held positions by with 179,514,968 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 259,180,400 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. DFS stock had 74 new institutional investments in for a total of 7,637,227 shares, while 223 institutional investors sold positions of 4,632,414 shares during the same period.

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