Wall Street Analyst Downgrade Micro Focus International plc [MFGP]. What else is Wall St. saying

Micro Focus International plc [NYSE: MFGP] loss -4.24% or -0.34 points to close at $7.68 with a heavy trading volume of 1077521 shares. The company report on March 23, 2021 that Micro Focus Honors Citi with the Prestigious Digital Transformation Innovation Award.

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Citi’s Innovative Use of IT to Virtually Supplement Highly Trained Engineers Demonstrates an Out-of-the-Box Approach to Digital Transformation and will be Recognized at Micro Focus Universe.


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, Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO; NYSE: MFGP) announced that Citi, the leading global bank with 200 million customer accounts worldwide, has received its Digital Transformation (DX) Innovation Award in recognition of exceptional creativity in leveraging technology to win in ‘s digital economy. The award will be announced this week at Micro Focus Universe 2021, the company’s flagship customer event.

It opened the trading session at $7.70, the shares rose to $7.74 and dropped to $7.59, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for MFGP points out that the company has recorded 132.73% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -176.26% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 1.16M shares, MFGP reached to a volume of 1077521 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 Micro Focus International plc [MFGP]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for MFGP shares is $7.70 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on MFGP stock is a recommendation set at 3.00. 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.

Exane BNP Paribas have made an estimate for Micro Focus International plc shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Neutral, with their previous recommendation back on February 10, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on December 07, 2020, representing the official price target for Micro Focus International plc stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Micro Focus International plc is set at 0.35, with the Price to Sales ratio for MFGP stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.86. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 0.80.

Trading performance analysis for MFGP stock

Micro Focus International plc [MFGP] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 17.61. With this latest performance, MFGP shares gained by 26.73% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 132.73% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 51.48% 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 MFGP stock in for the last two-week period is set at 66.53, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 68.86, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 64.41 for Micro Focus International plc [MFGP]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 6.41, while it was recorded at 7.46 for the last single week of trading, and 4.89 for the last 200 days.

Micro Focus International plc [MFGP]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Micro Focus International plc [MFGP] shares currently have an operating margin of +12.85 and a Gross Margin at +61.38. Micro Focus International plc’s Net Margin is presently recorded at -99.12.

Return on Total Capital for MFGP is now 4.09, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is -31.78. Return on Equity for this stock declined to -63.50, with Return on Assets sitting at -23.68. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Micro Focus International plc [MFGP] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 152.12. Additionally, MFGP Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 60.34, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 43.88. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 148.89, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 59.06.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Micro Focus International plc [MFGP] managed to generate an average of -$195,724 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 3.48 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.24.

An analysis of insider ownership at Micro Focus International plc [MFGP]

There are presently around $377 million, or 15.87% of MFGP stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of MFGP stocks are: DODGE & COX with ownership of 34,614,826, which is approximately -0.368% of the company’s market cap and around 0.01% of the total institutional ownership; ARROWSTREET CAPITAL, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, holding 2,519,674 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $20.21 million in MFGP stocks shares; and RENAISSANCE TECHNOLOGIES LLC, currently with $11.54 million in MFGP stock with ownership of nearly 96.509% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Micro Focus International plc stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of March and at the time of the March reporting period, where 76 institutional holders increased their position in Micro Focus International plc [NYSE:MFGP] by around 3,124,033 shares. Additionally, 108 investors decreased positions by around 6,243,328 shares, while 85 investors held positions by with 37,688,475 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 47,055,836 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. MFGP stock had 51 new institutional investments in for a total of 1,491,111 shares, while 43 institutional investors sold positions of 3,119,606 shares during the same period.

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