FirstEnergy Corp. [FE] stock Upgrade by RBC Capital Mkts analyst, price target now $37

FirstEnergy Corp. [NYSE: FE] traded at a high on 10/13/20, posting a 0.16 gain after which it closed the day’ session at $31.31. The company report on October 6, 2020 that New Substation Helped Keep Power Flowing to JCP&L Customers Following Tropical Storm Isaias.

Facility kept the lights on while cutting down on restoration times.

A newly energized substation played an important role in providing and restoring power to Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) customers in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias. The Martinsville Substation, which went into service in June, significantly decreased the number of customers affected by a tree-related power outage as the storm impacted New Jersey.

The results of the trading session contributed to over 4294413 shares changing hands. Over the past one week, the price volatility of FirstEnergy Corp. stands at 1.74% while the volatility over the past one month is 2.52%.

The market cap for FE stock reached $17.01 billion, with 542.00 million shares outstanding and 540.69 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 9.76M shares, FE reached a trading volume of 4294413 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say about FirstEnergy Corp. [FE]?

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for FE shares is $38.82 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on FE stock is a recommendation set at 2.40. 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.

RBC Capital Mkts have made an estimate for FirstEnergy Corp. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on September 03, 2020. The new note on the price target was released on July 22, 2020, representing the official price target for FirstEnergy Corp. stock. On July 22, 2020, analysts decreased their price target for FE shares from 51 to 36.

The Average True Range (ATR) for FirstEnergy Corp. is set at 0.69, with the Price to Sales ratio for FE stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.56. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 2.38, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.21.

How has FE stock performed recently?

FirstEnergy Corp. [FE] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 2.96. With this latest performance, FE shares gained by 5.56% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -28.76% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -33.96% 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 FE stock in for the last two-week period is set at 70.35, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 78.14, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 59.56 for FirstEnergy Corp. [FE]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 29.20, while it was recorded at 31.13 for the last single week of trading, and 39.32 for the last 200 days.

FirstEnergy Corp. [FE]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and FirstEnergy Corp. [FE] shares currently have an operating margin of +22.75 and a Gross Margin at +31.88. FirstEnergy Corp.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +8.19.

Return on Total Capital for FE is now 9.20, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 3.52. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 13.11, with Return on Assets sitting at 2.20. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, FirstEnergy Corp. [FE] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 304.96. Additionally, FE Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 75.31, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 50.28. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 284.72, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 70.31.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, FirstEnergy Corp. [FE] managed to generate an average of $73,400 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 7.87 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.27.FirstEnergy Corp.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.70 and a Current Ratio set at 0.80.

Earnings analysis for FirstEnergy Corp. [FE]

With the latest financial reports released by the company, FirstEnergy Corp. posted 0.76/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.73/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 4.10%. 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 FE. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for FirstEnergy Corp. go to -2.40%.

Insider trade positions for FirstEnergy Corp. [FE]

There are presently around $14,462 million, or 85.80% of FE stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of FE stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 66,725,523, which is approximately -3.163% of the company’s market cap and around 0.26% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 57,341,455 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $1.8 billion in FE stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $1.23 billion in FE stock with ownership of nearly -1.308% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in FirstEnergy Corp. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 305 institutional holders increased their position in FirstEnergy Corp. [NYSE:FE] by around 46,801,472 shares. Additionally, 328 investors decreased positions by around 42,236,848 shares, while 92 investors held positions by with 372,856,872 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 461,895,192 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. FE stock had 76 new institutional investments in for a total of 7,864,650 shares, while 87 institutional investors sold positions of 6,530,645 shares during the same period.

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