Verizon Communications Inc. [NYSE: VZ] loss -0.84% or -0.5 points to close at $58.99 with a heavy trading volume of 12946430 shares. The company report on December 22, 2020 that Verizon connects frontline heroes and local restaurants across six cities this holiday season.
Verizon’s ‘Food for Frontline Workers’ program has provided 150,000 meals across the country since the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Verizon is expanding its “Food for Frontline Workers” program to doctors, nurses, first responders and healthcare workers in six cities experiencing high volumes of COVID-19 cases. An estimated 50,000 meals will be delivered during the 2020 holiday season and in January 2021. This program is the continuation of Verizon’s initiative that kicked off in April, delivering more than 150,000 meals to frontline workers in cities across the U.S. including New York City. As cases have continued to spike entering the holiday season, Verizon saw a need to expand the program further and share a small gesture of thanks to more frontline workers in some of the nation’s hardest hit cities.
It opened the trading session at $59.32, the shares rose to $59.415 and dropped to $58.86, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for VZ points out that the company has recorded 9.38% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -20.78% lower than its most recent low trading price.
If we look at the average trading volume of 14.88M shares, VZ reached to a volume of 12946430 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 Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]:
Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for VZ shares is $61.97 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on VZ stock is a recommendation set at 2.50. 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.
MoffettNathanson have made an estimate for Verizon Communications Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on December 02, 2020. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Wells Fargo raised their target price to Equal Weight. The new note on the price target was released on November 16, 2020, representing the official price target for Verizon Communications Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $61 to $65, while JP Morgan kept a Overweight rating on VZ stock.
The Average True Range (ATR) for Verizon Communications Inc. is set at 0.76, with the Price to Sales ratio for VZ stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.89. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 3.75, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 2.19. Price to Free Cash Flow for VZ in the course of the last twelve months was 21.04 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.00.
Trading performance analysis for VZ stock
Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -2.58. With this latest performance, VZ shares dropped by -1.75% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 9.38% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -3.93% 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 VZ stock in for the last two-week period is set at 38.92, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 32.45, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 43.24 for Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 59.46, while it was recorded at 59.77 for the last single week of trading, and 57.51 for the last 200 days.
Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis
Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ] shares currently have an operating margin of +23.13 and a Gross Margin at +45.85. Verizon Communications Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +14.61.
Return on Total Capital for VZ is now 16.77, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 11.35. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 33.64, with Return on Assets sitting at 6.92. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 216.86. Additionally, VZ Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 68.44, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 45.64. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 194.00, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 61.22.
Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ] managed to generate an average of $142,704 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 5.06 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.47.Verizon Communications Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.00 and a Current Ratio set at 1.10.
Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis
With the latest financial reports released by the company, Verizon Communications Inc. posted 1.13/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 1.14/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company fail the estimates by a Surprise Factor of -0.90%. 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 VZ. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Verizon Communications Inc. go to 2.37%.
An analysis of insider ownership at Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]
There are presently around $158,852 million, or 66.40% of VZ stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of VZ stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 328,950,016, which is approximately -1.269% of the company’s market cap and around 0.03% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 300,991,299 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $17.76 billion in VZ stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $9.75 billion in VZ stock with ownership of nearly -1.474% of the company’s market capitalization.
Positions in Verizon Communications Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of October and at the time of the October reporting period, where 1,337 institutional holders increased their position in Verizon Communications Inc. [NYSE:VZ] by around 66,147,066 shares. Additionally, 1,170 investors decreased positions by around 120,714,855 shares, while 212 investors held positions by with 2,505,997,567 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 2,692,859,488 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. VZ stock had 108 new institutional investments in for a total of 4,927,955 shares, while 85 institutional investors sold positions of 2,468,182 shares during the same period.