Market Analysts see AMC Networks Inc. [AMCX] gaining to $29. Time to buy?

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AMC Networks Inc. [NASDAQ: AMCX] traded at a high on 09/04/20, posting a 4.13 gain after which it closed the day’ session at $23.21. The company report on August 4, 2020 that AMC Networks Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2020 Results.

AMC Networks Inc. (“AMC Networks” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: AMCX) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2020.

President and Chief Executive Officer Josh Sapan said: “Amidst a continuing challenged and uncertain environment, AMC Networks delivered solid results in the 2nd quarter exceeding our financial expectations for the quarter and expectations on several key metrics, including advertising. We continue to maintain a strong financial profile, with a solid balance sheet and liquidity, and we continue to generate healthy levels of free cash flow. We remain focused on our strategic priorities and are making progress on our major initiatives – which include creating great content and monetizing that content across an expanding array of platforms. Last week, AMC Networks was recognized with 18 Emmy nominations, including two out of the eight nominations for Outstanding Drama, for our original series Better Call Saul and Killing Eve, demonstrating our continued ability to stand out in a crowded landscape with compelling character-driven stories that drive the cultural conversation. In addition, we have made particular progress during this COVID period with strong growth across our targeted SVOD services – Acorn TV, Shudder, Sundance Now and UMC – as consumers increasingly subscribe to both our targeted offerings in addition to general entertainment SVOD services.”.

The results of the trading session contributed to over 1050005 shares changing hands. Over the past one week, the price volatility of AMC Networks Inc. stands at 6.35% while the volatility over the past one month is 4.47%.

The market cap for AMCX stock reached $1.16 billion, with 52.31 million shares outstanding and 38.47 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 1.01M shares, AMCX reached a trading volume of 1050005 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say about AMC Networks Inc. [AMCX]?

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for AMCX shares is $25.95 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on AMCX 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.

Macquarie have made an estimate for AMC Networks Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on August 07, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Goldman raised their target price to Sell. The new note on the price target was released on July 13, 2020, representing the official price target for AMC Networks Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $27, while RBC Capital Mkts analysts kept a Outperform rating on AMCX stock. On February 27, 2020, analysts decreased their price target for AMCX shares from 35 to 33.

The Average True Range (ATR) for AMC Networks Inc. is set at 1.21, with the Price to Sales ratio for AMCX stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.40. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.86, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 17.81. Price to Free Cash Flow for AMCX in the course of the last twelve months was 2.09 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 2.40.

How has AMCX stock performed recently?

AMC Networks Inc. [AMCX] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -8.59. With this latest performance, AMCX shares dropped by -1.44% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -10.77% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -52.36% 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 AMCX stock in for the last two-week period is set at 44.32, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 41.06, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 44.41 for AMC Networks Inc. [AMCX]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 24.12, while it was recorded at 23.10 for the last single week of trading, and 29.81 for the last 200 days.

AMC Networks Inc. [AMCX]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and AMC Networks Inc. [AMCX] shares currently have an operating margin of +26.59 and a Gross Margin at +48.79. AMC Networks Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +12.43.

Return on Total Capital for AMCX is now 20.03, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 10.36. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 77.46, with Return on Assets sitting at 7.00. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, AMC Networks Inc. [AMCX] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 501.85. Additionally, AMCX Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 83.38, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 59.70. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 488.30, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 81.13.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, AMC Networks Inc. [AMCX] managed to generate an average of $179,984 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 3.58 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.56.AMC Networks Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 2.40 and a Current Ratio set at 2.40.

Earnings analysis for AMC Networks Inc. [AMCX]

With the latest financial reports released by the company, AMC Networks Inc. posted 2.33/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.66/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 40.40%. 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 AMCX. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for AMC Networks Inc. go to -12.20%.

Insider trade positions for AMC Networks Inc. [AMCX]

There are presently around $1,002 million, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of AMCX stocks are: CLEARBRIDGE INVESTMENTS, LLC with ownership of 5,736,540, which is approximately 0.126% of the company’s market cap and around 1.70% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 5,301,181 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $123.04 million in AMCX stocks shares; and VANGUARD GROUP INC, currently with $86.77 million in AMCX stock with ownership of nearly -7.933% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in AMC Networks Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of August and at the time of the August reporting period, where 124 institutional holders increased their position in AMC Networks Inc. [NASDAQ:AMCX] by around 5,385,647 shares. Additionally, 136 investors decreased positions by around 4,263,186 shares, while 39 investors held positions by with 33,535,508 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 43,184,341 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. AMCX stock had 39 new institutional investments in for a total of 1,668,095 shares, while 49 institutional investors sold positions of 985,465 shares during the same period.

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