Market cap of Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN] reaches 17.09B – now what?


Franklin Resources Inc. [NYSE: BEN] traded at a low on 01/12/22, posting a -2.34 loss after which it closed the day’ session at $35.12. The company report on January 12, 2022 that Bonnie Wongtrakool, Global Head of ESG Investments and Portfolio Manager at Western Asset Management, co-founds the California Chapter of the Bloomberg Women’s Buy-Side Network.

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Bonnie Wongtrakool, Global Head of ESG Investments and Portfolio Manager at Western Asset Management, a specialist investment manager of Franklin Templeton, helped launch the California Chapter of the Bloomberg Women’s Buy-Side Network (BWBN). With the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Network seeks to increase female representation in portfolio manager and other senior-level investment industry positions through education, mentoring and networking opportunities. While the California chapter is the first of its kind in the United States, it joins a network of similar groups in Singapore, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Brazil.

The results of the trading session contributed to over 3034707 shares changing hands. Over the past one week, the price volatility of Franklin Resources Inc. stands at 3.35% while the volatility over the past one month is 2.54%.

The market cap for BEN stock reached $17.09 billion, with 488.70 million shares outstanding and 284.67 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 2.70M shares, BEN reached a trading volume of 3034707 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say 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 $37.10 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 2.90. 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.

BMO Capital Markets have made an estimate for Franklin Resources Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Market Perform, with their previous recommendation back on December 17, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, BofA Securities raised their target price to Neutral. The new note on the price target was released on December 16, 2021, representing the official price target for Franklin Resources Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $35 to $45, while Keefe Bruyette kept a Outperform rating on BEN stock. On November 02, 2021, analysts increased their price target for BEN shares from 32.50 to 43.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Franklin Resources Inc. is set at 0.97, with the Price to Sales ratio for BEN stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 2.03. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.53, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 9.55. Price to Free Cash Flow for BEN in the course of the last twelve months was 28.19.

How has BEN stock performed recently?

Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 3.72. With this latest performance, BEN shares gained by 2.93% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 16.33% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 32.78% 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 57.67, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 59.38, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 56.30 for Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 34.26, while it was recorded at 35.05 for the last single week of trading, and 32.25 for the last 200 days.

Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN] shares currently have an operating margin of +25.52 and a Gross Margin at +71.09. Franklin Resources Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +20.59.

Return on Total Capital for BEN is now 11.81, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 10.47. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 16.44, with Return on Assets sitting at 7.90. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 67.62. Additionally, BEN Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 40.34, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 31.40. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 65.81, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 39.26.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN] managed to generate an average of $170,243 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 6.48 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.38.

Earnings analysis for Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN]

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 9.49%.

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Insider trade positions for Franklin Resources Inc. [BEN]

There are presently around $7,782 million, or 45.70% of BEN stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of BEN stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 32,561,416, which is approximately 1.168% of the company’s market cap and around 18.70% of the total institutional ownership; STATE STREET CORP, holding 26,598,994 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $934.16 million in BEN stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $915.91 million in BEN stock with ownership of nearly -0.445% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Franklin Resources Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of February and at the time of the February reporting period, where 243 institutional holders increased their position in Franklin Resources Inc. [NYSE:BEN] by around 16,358,723 shares. Additionally, 256 investors decreased positions by around 19,769,643 shares, while 100 investors held positions by with 185,447,153 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 221,575,519 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. BEN stock had 39 new institutional investments in for a total of 1,013,070 shares, while 66 institutional investors sold positions of 3,383,380 shares during the same period.