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Graphic Packaging Holding Company [NYSE: GPK] jumped around 0.21 points on Thursday, while shares priced at $16.58 at the close of the session, up 1.28%. The company report on December 9, 2020 that Graphic Packaging Holding Company Named to Newsweek’s 2021 List of America’s Most Responsible Companies.

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Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), (the “Company” or “Graphic Packaging”), a leading provider of paper-based packaging solutions to food, beverage, foodservice, and other consumer products companies, has been named to Newsweek’s 2021 list of America’s Most Responsible Companies based on a detailed analysis of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) factors.


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“We are honored to be named to the list of America’s Most Responsible Companies,” said Michael Doss, President and Chief Executive Officer. “With our Vision 2025 goals published in 2019, we emphasized our commitment to redefine leadership in the paperboard packaging industry. To achieve this, we set goals and identified ways we can continue to innovate for a healthier planet, support and develop our employees, champion our partners with sustainable packaging solutions, engage with our communities and operate responsibly. We are committed to the continued advancement of these initiatives as ESG factors are fundamental to how we operate our business and are critical to our success.”.

Graphic Packaging Holding Company stock is now -0.42% down from its year-to-date (YTD) trading value. GPK Stock saw the intraday high of $16.64 and lowest of $16.32 per share. The company’s 52-week high price is 16.95, which means current price is +59.35% above from all time high which was touched on 01/02/20.

Compared to the average trading volume of 2.76M shares, GPK reached a trading volume of 4477272 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say about Graphic Packaging Holding Company [GPK]?

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for GPK shares is $17.34 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on GPK stock is a recommendation set at 2.00. 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.

Seaport Global Securities have made an estimate for Graphic Packaging Holding Company shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on September 08, 2020. The new note on the price target was released on July 13, 2020, representing the official price target for Graphic Packaging Holding Company stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $17, while Morgan Stanley analysts kept a Overweight rating on GPK stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Graphic Packaging Holding Company is set at 0.35, with the Price to Sales ratio for GPK stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.70. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 3.22, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.20. Price to Free Cash Flow for GPK in the course of the last twelve months was 7.25 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.50.

How has GPK stock performed recently?

Graphic Packaging Holding Company [GPK] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 1.28. With this latest performance, GPK shares gained by 7.87% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 19.28% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -1.66% 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 GPK stock in for the last two-week period is set at 68.37, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 70.23, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 66.11 for Graphic Packaging Holding Company [GPK]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 14.93, while it was recorded at 16.34 for the last single week of trading, and 13.97 for the last 200 days.

Graphic Packaging Holding Company [GPK]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Graphic Packaging Holding Company [GPK] shares currently have an operating margin of +9.26 and a Gross Margin at +17.78. Graphic Packaging Holding Company’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +3.36.

Return on Total Capital for GPK is now 10.68, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 4.59. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 13.13, with Return on Assets sitting at 2.88. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Graphic Packaging Holding Company [GPK] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 195.30. Additionally, GPK Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 66.14, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 42.07. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 188.60, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 63.87.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Graphic Packaging Holding Company [GPK] managed to generate an average of $11,489 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 10.66 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.86.Graphic Packaging Holding Company’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.50 and a Current Ratio set at 1.20.

Earnings analysis for Graphic Packaging Holding Company [GPK]

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Graphic Packaging Holding Company posted 0.23/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.23/share. 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 GPK. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Graphic Packaging Holding Company go to 21.30%.

Insider trade positions for Graphic Packaging Holding Company [GPK]

There are presently around $4,292 million, or 97.90% of GPK stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of GPK stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 23,873,674, which is approximately -5.267% of the company’s market cap and around 0.89% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 16,460,211 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $272.91 million in GPK stocks shares; and SHAPIRO CAPITAL MANAGEMENT LLC, currently with $211.81 million in GPK stock with ownership of nearly 1.74% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Graphic Packaging Holding Company stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of October and at the time of the October reporting period, where 149 institutional holders increased their position in Graphic Packaging Holding Company [NYSE:GPK] by around 18,885,758 shares. Additionally, 153 investors decreased positions by around 33,972,865 shares, while 50 investors held positions by with 206,001,542 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 258,860,165 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. GPK stock had 48 new institutional investments in for a total of 3,981,096 shares, while 40 institutional investors sold positions of 4,181,039 shares during the same period.

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