Synchrony Financial [SYF] is 15.76% higher this YTD. Is it still time to buy?

Synchrony Financial [NYSE: SYF] gained 1.54% on the last trading session, reaching $40.18 price per share at the time. The company report on April 20, 2021 that Synchrony Joins Coalition to Hire One Million Black Americans in 10 Years.

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Synchrony announced its participation in OneTen, a coalition of leading and former CEOs and companies that will train, hire and advance one million Black Individuals into family-sustaining American jobs over the next decade.

The OneTen coalition leverages leading executives and employers across industries to make a meaningful, measurable and lasting systemic impact on racial and economic justice and to create a more equitable society.

Synchrony Financial represents 583.60 million in outstanding shares, while the company has a total market value of $23.30 billion with the latest information. SYF stock price has been found in the range of $38.65 to $40.20.

If compared to the average trading volume of 6.69M shares, SYF reached a trading volume of 6107197 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 Synchrony Financial [SYF]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for SYF shares is $48.63 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on SYF stock is a recommendation set at 1.90. 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.

Oppenheimer have made an estimate for Synchrony Financial shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Perform, with their previous recommendation back on April 14, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Evercore ISI raised their target price to Outperform. The new note on the price target was released on April 09, 2021, representing the official price target for Synchrony Financial stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $46, while JP Morgan analysts kept a Overweight rating on SYF stock. On December 10, 2020, analysts increased their price target for SYF shares from 33 to 47.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Synchrony Financial is set at 1.29, with the Price to Sales ratio for SYF stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.45. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.96, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 19.87. Price to Free Cash Flow for SYF in the course of the last twelve months was 3.34.

Trading performance analysis for SYF stock

Synchrony Financial [SYF] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -3.18. With this latest performance, SYF shares dropped by -0.89% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 38.17% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 164.86% 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 SYF stock in for the last two-week period is set at 45.18, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 40.18, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 48.52 for Synchrony Financial [SYF]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 40.35, while it was recorded at 40.63 for the last single week of trading, and 31.73 for the last 200 days.

Synchrony Financial [SYF]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Synchrony Financial [SYF] shares currently have an operating margin of +19.14 and a Gross Margin at +88.92. Synchrony Financial’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +10.80.

Return on Total Capital for SYF is now 7.74, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 5.09. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 9.97, with Return on Assets sitting at 1.38. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Synchrony Financial [SYF] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 124.20. Additionally, SYF Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 55.40, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 16.44. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 91.50, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 38.45.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Synchrony Financial [SYF] managed to generate an average of $83,939 per employee.

Synchrony Financial [SYF]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Synchrony Financial posted 0.45/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at -0.1/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 550.00%. 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 SYF. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Synchrony Financial go to 3.05%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Synchrony Financial [SYF]

There are presently around $21,581 million, or 96.90% of SYF stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of SYF stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 62,577,195, which is approximately -1.42% of the company’s market cap and around 0.40% of the total institutional ownership; CAPITAL WORLD INVESTORS, holding 50,723,927 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $2.04 billion in SYF stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $1.66 billion in SYF stock with ownership of nearly 3.739% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Synchrony Financial stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of April and at the time of the April reporting period, where 309 institutional holders increased their position in Synchrony Financial [NYSE:SYF] by around 36,439,325 shares. Additionally, 328 investors decreased positions by around 39,828,952 shares, while 62 investors held positions by with 460,838,413 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 537,106,690 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. SYF stock had 103 new institutional investments in for a total of 10,021,072 shares, while 54 institutional investors sold positions of 3,810,755 shares during the same period.

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