Wall Street Analyst Downgrade Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]. What else is Wall St. saying

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Verizon Communications Inc. [NYSE: VZ] slipped around -3.21 points on Friday, while shares priced at $44.45 at the close of the session, down -6.74%. The company report on July 22, 2022 that Verizon reports 2Q and first-half 2022 results.


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2Q 2022 highlights.

Verizon Communications Inc. stock is now -14.45% down from its year-to-date (YTD) trading value. VZ Stock saw the intraday high of $46.18 and lowest of $43.765 per share. The company’s 52-week high price is 56.33, which means current price is +1.57% above from all time high which was touched on 04/21/22.

Compared to the average trading volume of 21.82M shares, VZ reached a trading volume of 58181526 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say about Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]?

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for VZ shares is $57.85 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on VZ stock is a recommendation set at 2.80. 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.

Scotiabank have made an estimate for Verizon Communications Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Sector Perform, with their previous recommendation back on July 22, 2022. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Scotiabank raised their target price to Sector Outperform. The new note on the price target was released on June 28, 2022, representing the official price target for Verizon Communications Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $44, while DZ Bank analysts kept a Sell rating on VZ stock. On April 25, 2022, analysts decreased their price target for VZ shares from 61 to 55.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Verizon Communications Inc. is set at 1.28, with the Price to Sales ratio for VZ stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.38. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 2.23, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.40. Price to Free Cash Flow for VZ in the course of the last twelve months was 40.56 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.70.

How has VZ stock performed recently?

Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -12.88. With this latest performance, VZ shares dropped by -12.48% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -16.76% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -20.55% 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 VZ stock in for the last two-week period is set at 21.45, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 14.07, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 27.35 for Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 50.18, while it was recorded at 48.38 for the last single week of trading, and 51.74 for the last 200 days.

Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ] shares currently have an operating margin of +23.92 and a Gross Margin at +45.73. Verizon Communications Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +16.51.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 29.49, with Return on Assets sitting at 6.46.

Verizon Communications Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.70 and a Current Ratio set at 0.80.

Earnings analysis for Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]

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 VZ. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Verizon Communications Inc. go to 3.53%.

Insider trade positions for Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]

There are presently around $117,055 million, or 64.50% of VZ stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of VZ stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 330,221,086, which is approximately 2.665% of the company’s market cap and around 0.06% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 304,700,845 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $13.54 billion in VZ stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $7.46 billion in VZ stock with ownership of nearly -1.531% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Verizon Communications Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 1,735 institutional holders increased their position in Verizon Communications Inc. [NYSE:VZ] by around 183,647,101 shares. Additionally, 1,203 investors decreased positions by around 243,054,042 shares, while 213 investors held positions by with 2,206,697,914 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 2,633,399,057 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. VZ stock had 161 new institutional investments in for a total of 21,762,801 shares, while 153 institutional investors sold positions of 15,403,062 shares during the same period.

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