Morgan Stanley lifts BP p.l.c. [BP] price estimate. Who else is bullish?

BP p.l.c. [NYSE: BP] closed the trading session at $20.41 on 11/23/20. The day’s price range saw the stock hit a low of $20.08, while the highest price level was $20.42. The company report on August 17, 2020 that Republic Services, Aria Energy and bp Partner on New Renewable Energy Project.

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Renewable Natural Gas Facility Begins Operations at South Shelby Landfill.

Republic Services (NYSE: RSG) and energy partners Aria Energy and bp (NYSE: BP) announced the startup of a landfill-gas-to-renewable-natural-gas (RNG) project at South Shelby Landfill. The project directly supports Republic’s commitment to send 50 percent more landfill gas to beneficial reuse by 2030.

The stocks have a year to date performance of -45.92 percent and weekly performance of 3.29 percent. The stock has been moved at -14.71 percent over the last six months. The stock has performed 27.17 percent around the most recent 30 days and changed -5.60 percent over the most recent 3-months.

If compared to the average trading volume of 16.02M shares, BP reached to a volume of 13919556 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say about BP p.l.c. [BP]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for BP shares is $28.19 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on BP stock is a recommendation set at 2.20. 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.

Morgan Stanley have made an estimate for BP p.l.c. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Equal-Weight, with their previous recommendation back on November 03, 2020. The new note on the price target was released on October 28, 2020, representing the official price target for BP p.l.c. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another drop from $22 to $21, while Cowen kept a Market Perform rating on BP stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for BP p.l.c. is set at 0.69, with the Price to Sales ratio for BP stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.33. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.01, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 9.23.

BP stock trade performance evaluation

BP p.l.c. [BP] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 3.29. With this latest performance, BP shares gained by 27.17% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -14.71% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -47.06% 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 BP stock in for the last two-week period is set at 69.72, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 74.17, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 64.24 for BP p.l.c. [BP]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 17.47, while it was recorded at 19.81 for the last single week of trading, and 22.65 for the last 200 days.

BP p.l.c. [BP]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and BP p.l.c. [BP] shares currently have an operating margin of +5.50 and a Gross Margin at +9.40. BP p.l.c.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +1.45.

Return on Total Capital for BP is now 9.03, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 2.57. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 4.14, with Return on Assets sitting at 1.42. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, BP p.l.c. [BP] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 78.70. Additionally, BP Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 44.04, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 26.24. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 65.95, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 36.90.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, BP p.l.c. [BP] managed to generate an average of $45,019 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 10.92 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.98.BP p.l.c.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.00 and a Current Ratio set at 1.20.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for BP p.l.c. [BP] stock

With the latest financial reports released by the company, BP p.l.c. posted 0.76/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.65/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 16.90%. 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 BP. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for BP p.l.c. go to -3.00%.

BP p.l.c. [BP]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $5,501 million, or 8.30% of BP stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of BP stocks are: STATE STREET CORP with ownership of 28,770,602, which is approximately -0.861% of the company’s market cap and around 0.50% of the total institutional ownership; DIMENSIONAL FUND ADVISORS LP, holding 13,734,062 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $280.31 million in BP stocks shares; and FMR LLC, currently with $245.43 million in BP stock with ownership of nearly -26.728% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in BP p.l.c. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of October and at the time of the October reporting period, where 288 institutional holders increased their position in BP p.l.c. [NYSE:BP] by around 36,273,146 shares. Additionally, 588 investors decreased positions by around 55,962,547 shares, while 136 investors held positions by with 177,308,857 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 269,544,550 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. BP stock had 75 new institutional investments in for a total of 6,340,944 shares, while 147 institutional investors sold positions of 12,600,707 shares during the same period.

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