Monday, September 21, 2020

Wolfe Research lifts Discover Financial Services [DFS] price estimate. Who else is bullish?

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Discover Financial Services [NYSE: DFS] gained 1.34% or 0.71 points to close at $53.68 with a heavy trading volume of 1826217 shares. The company report on August 25, 2020 that Discover Financial Services to Present at Barclays Global Financial Services Conference.

Roger Hochschild, chief executive officer and president of Discover, will present at the Barclays Global Financial Services Virtual Conference on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, at 12:00 p.m. ET.

A link to the listen-only live audio webcast will be posted on the day of the conference to Discover’s Investor Relations website at A replay will be available for 90 days after the conference at the same website address.

It opened the trading session at $52.94, the shares rose to $53.92 and dropped to $52.56, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for DFS points out that the company has recorded -16.87% loss over the past six months. However, it is still -130.88% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 4.08M shares, DFS reached to a volume of 1826217 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 $61.30 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.

Wolfe Research have made an estimate for Discover Financial Services shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on July 31, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, UBS raised their target price from $36 to $72. The new note on the price target was released on June 22, 2020, representing the official price target for Discover Financial Services stock. Previously, the target price had yet another drop from $55 to $52, while BMO Capital Markets kept a Outperform rating on DFS stock. On March 20, 2020, analysts decreased their price target for DFS shares from 82 to 59.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Discover Financial Services is set at 1.89, with the Price to Sales ratio for DFS stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.39. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.91, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 58.30. Price to Free Cash Flow for DFS in the course of the last twelve months was 3.47.

Trading performance analysis for DFS stock

Discover Financial Services [DFS] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 4.17. With this latest performance, DFS shares gained by 10.18% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -16.87% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -32.33% 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 56.76, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 57.79, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 54.68 for Discover Financial Services [DFS]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 50.77, while it was recorded at 53.54 for the last single week of trading, and 58.55 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 9.49. 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 239.46. Additionally, DFS Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 70.54, 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 56.14.

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 2.36/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 2.28/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 3.50%. 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 0.70%.

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

There are presently around $14,178 million, or 86.80% of DFS stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of DFS stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 30,108,121, which is approximately 19.509% of the company’s market cap and around 0.20% of the total institutional ownership; FMR LLC, holding 24,456,424 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $1.31 billion in DFS stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $1.12 billion in DFS stock with ownership of nearly -2.799% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Discover Financial Services stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 336 institutional holders increased their position in Discover Financial Services [NYSE:DFS] by around 49,800,574 shares. Additionally, 411 investors decreased positions by around 44,763,407 shares, while 104 investors held positions by with 169,561,509 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 264,125,490 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. DFS stock had 122 new institutional investments in for a total of 17,299,885 shares, while 97 institutional investors sold positions of 4,315,889 shares during the same period.

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