SM Energy Company [SM] stock Downgrade by Wells Fargo analyst, price target now $21

SM Energy Company [NYSE: SM] closed the trading session at $18.93 on 04/01/21. The day’s price range saw the stock hit a low of $16.6896, while the highest price level was $19.09. The company report on February 18, 2021 that SM Energy Reports 2020 Results And 2021 Operating Plan, Cash Flow And Debt Reduction Exceeded Expectations.

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SM Energy Company (the “Company”) (NYSE: SM) announced fourth quarter and full year 2020 operating and financial results, year-end 2020 reserves and the 2021 operating plan. Highlights are as follows.

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The Company’s strategic priorities in 2020 were to generate positive cash flow and reduce absolute debt while meeting operating objectives for safety and emissions reduction:.

The stocks have a year to date performance of 209.31 percent and weekly performance of 15.71 percent. The stock has been moved at 1090.57 percent over the last six months. The stock has performed 21.27 percent around the most recent 30 days and changed 209.31 percent over the most recent 3-months.

If compared to the average trading volume of 5.10M shares, SM reached to a volume of 5986398 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 SM Energy Company [SM]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for SM shares is $15.29 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on SM 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.

Wells Fargo have made an estimate for SM Energy Company shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Equal Weight, with their previous recommendation back on March 09, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on February 03, 2021, representing the official price target for SM Energy Company stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for SM Energy Company is set at 1.72, with the Price to Sales ratio for SM stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.67. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.08, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.00. Price to Free Cash Flow for SM in the course of the last twelve months was 2.40 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.30.

SM stock trade performance evaluation

SM Energy Company [SM] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 15.71. With this latest performance, SM shares gained by 21.27% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 1090.57% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 1737.86% 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 SM stock in for the last two-week period is set at 59.84, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 61.14, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 59.94 for SM Energy Company [SM]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 13.92, while it was recorded at 17.28 for the last single week of trading, and 6.16 for the last 200 days.

SM Energy Company [SM]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and SM Energy Company [SM] shares currently have an operating margin of -24.31 and a Gross Margin at -13.31. SM Energy Company’s Net Margin is presently recorded at -67.87.

Return on Total Capital for SM is now -5.60, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is -15.69. Return on Equity for this stock declined to -32.09, with Return on Assets sitting at -13.42. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, SM Energy Company [SM] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 111.01. Additionally, SM Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 52.61, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 44.14. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 110.42, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 52.33.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, SM Energy Company [SM] managed to generate an average of -$1,520,107 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 6.49 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.20.SM Energy Company’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.30 and a Current Ratio set at 0.30.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for SM Energy Company [SM] stock

With the latest financial reports released by the company, SM Energy Company posted -0.05/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at -0.17/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 70.60%. 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 SM. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for SM Energy Company go to 10.00%.

SM Energy Company [SM]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $1,642 million, or 83.20% of SM stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of SM stocks are: BLACKROCK INC. with ownership of 16,649,565, which is approximately 2.794% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; MAPLE ROCK CAPITAL PARTNERS INC., holding 8,911,964 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $168.7 million in SM stocks shares; and VANGUARD GROUP INC, currently with $168.38 million in SM stock with ownership of nearly 36.437% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in SM Energy Company stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of May and at the time of the May reporting period, where 94 institutional holders increased their position in SM Energy Company [NYSE:SM] by around 21,086,423 shares. Additionally, 78 investors decreased positions by around 13,257,239 shares, while 30 investors held positions by with 52,386,664 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 86,730,326 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. SM stock had 38 new institutional investments in for a total of 6,899,157 shares, while 24 institutional investors sold positions of 2,326,551 shares during the same period.

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