For Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN], Analyst sees a rise to $36. What next?

Franklin Resources Inc. [NYSE: BEN] gained 5.88% or 1.78 points to close at $32.04 with a heavy trading volume of 6007398 shares. The company report on May 4, 2021 that Franklin Resources, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Results.

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Franklin Resources, Inc. (the “Company”) [NYSE: BEN] announced net income1 of $381.8 million or $0.74 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, as compared to $345.3 million or $0.67 per diluted share for the previous quarter, and $79.1 million or $0.16 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Operating income2 was $456.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, as compared to $409.1 million for the previous quarter and $339.9 million in the prior year.

As supplemental information, the Company is providing certain adjusted performance measures which are based on methodologies other than generally accepted accounting principles.3 Adjusted net income3 was $403.5 million and adjusted diluted earnings per share3 was $0.79 for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, as compared to $373.4 million and $0.73 for the previous quarter, and $332.8 million and $0.66 for the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Adjusted operating income3 was $581.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, as compared to $549.9 million for the previous quarter and $385.9 million in the prior year.

It opened the trading session at $30.37, the shares rose to $32.45 and dropped to $30.26, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for BEN points out that the company has recorded 70.88% gains over the past six months. However, it is still -95.25% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 3.31M shares, BEN reached to a volume of 6007398 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 Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for BEN shares is $29.38 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on BEN stock is a recommendation set at 3.20. 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.

BMO Capital Markets have made an estimate for Franklin Resources Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on March 29, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on January 05, 2021, representing the official price target for Franklin Resources Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $23, while Keefe Bruyette analysts kept a Mkt Perform rating on BEN stock. On October 19, 2020, analysts increased their price target for BEN shares from 24 to 28.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Franklin Resources Inc. is set at 0.84, with the Price to Sales ratio for BEN stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 2.69. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.51, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 8.57. Price to Free Cash Flow for BEN in the course of the last twelve months was 25.38.

Trading performance analysis for BEN stock

Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 7.44. With this latest performance, BEN shares gained by 4.91% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 70.88% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 74.80% 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 BEN stock in for the last two-week period is set at 64.72, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 69.74, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 62.12 for Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 29.13, while it was recorded at 30.61 for the last single week of trading, and 24.41 for the last 200 days.

Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN] shares currently have an operating margin of +24.25 and a Gross Margin at +66.68. Franklin Resources Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +14.10.

Return on Total Capital for BEN is now 9.43, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 6.14. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 7.83, with Return on Assets sitting at 4.51. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 49.15. Additionally, BEN Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 32.95, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 24.59. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 47.06, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 31.55.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN] managed to generate an average of $66,407 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 5.45 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.32.

Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Franklin Resources Inc. posted 0.7/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.55/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 27.30%. 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 BEN. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Franklin Resources Inc. go to 5.56%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN]

There are presently around $6,917 million, or 48.30% of BEN stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of BEN stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 31,487,649, which is approximately 5.744% of the company’s market cap and around 18.70% of the total institutional ownership; STATE STREET CORP, holding 27,403,029 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $829.22 million in BEN stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $809.94 million in BEN stock with ownership of nearly -5.926% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Franklin Resources Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of May and at the time of the May reporting period, where 246 institutional holders increased their position in Franklin Resources Inc. [NYSE:BEN] by around 22,216,406 shares. Additionally, 237 investors decreased positions by around 29,857,767 shares, while 88 investors held positions by with 176,507,188 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 228,581,361 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. BEN stock had 83 new institutional investments in for a total of 9,968,181 shares, while 44 institutional investors sold positions of 11,620,982 shares during the same period.

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