Vale S.A. [VALE] is -6.21% lower this YTD. Is it still time to buy?

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Vale S.A. [NYSE: VALE] gained 4.45% or 0.56 points to close at $13.15 with a heavy trading volume of 28643870 shares. The company report on November 25, 2021 that Voisey’s Bay Mine awarded Miner of the Year.


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The Canadian Institution of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) Newfoundland & Labrador (NL) branch has awarded Vale the designation of “Miner of the Year”. The award was announced at the annual Mineral Resources Review today.

Vale’s Voisey’s Bay Mine has been working on the simultaneous development of two underground mines, while continuing operations of mining from the Ovoid. The mine expansion in Voisey’s Bay will extend the life of mine until at least 2035 and provides for continuity of operations at the Long Harbour Processing Plant.

It opened the trading session at $12.96, the shares rose to $13.19 and dropped to $12.90, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for VALE points out that the company has recorded -15.71% loss over the past six months. However, it is still -17.83% lower than its most recent low trading price.

If we look at the average trading volume of 35.66M shares, VALE reached to a volume of 28643870 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 Vale S.A. [VALE]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for VALE shares is $19.00 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on VALE stock is a recommendation set at 2.40. 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.

Exane BNP Paribas have made an estimate for Vale S.A. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Neutral, with their previous recommendation back on July 13, 2022. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Jefferies raised their target price from $17 to $24. The new note on the price target was released on June 07, 2022, representing the official price target for Vale S.A. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $20 to $22, while Deutsche Bank kept a Hold rating on VALE stock. On March 24, 2022, analysts increased their price target for VALE shares from 19 to 22.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Vale S.A. is set at 0.56, with the Price to Sales ratio for VALE stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.27. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.95, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 1.58. Price to Free Cash Flow for VALE in the course of the last twelve months was 27.91 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.00.

Trading performance analysis for VALE stock

Vale S.A. [VALE] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 3.54. With this latest performance, VALE shares dropped by -5.53% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -15.71% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -40.09% 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 VALE stock in for the last two-week period is set at 40.49, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 45.38, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 39.43 for Vale S.A. [VALE]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 15.38, while it was recorded at 12.68 for the last single week of trading, and 15.69 for the last 200 days.

Vale S.A. [VALE]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Vale S.A. [VALE] shares currently have an operating margin of +54.03 and a Gross Margin at +59.50. Vale S.A.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +45.55.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 70.71, with Return on Assets sitting at 27.36.

Vale S.A.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.00 and a Current Ratio set at 1.30.

An analysis of insider ownership at Vale S.A. [VALE]

There are presently around $14,326 million, or 23.60% of VALE stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of VALE stocks are: CAPITAL RESEARCH GLOBAL INVESTORS with ownership of 176,303,165, which is approximately -9.408% of the company’s market cap and around 38.50% of the total institutional ownership; CAPITAL INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS, holding 156,674,895 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $2.06 billion in VALE stocks shares; and CAPITAL WORLD INVESTORS, currently with $1.91 billion in VALE stock with ownership of nearly 8.329% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Vale S.A. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 288 institutional holders increased their position in Vale S.A. [NYSE:VALE] by around 148,564,495 shares. Additionally, 201 investors decreased positions by around 232,557,236 shares, while 64 investors held positions by with 708,300,847 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 1,089,422,578 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. VALE stock had 103 new institutional investments in for a total of 24,181,984 shares, while 72 institutional investors sold positions of 19,984,670 shares during the same period.

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