Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ] stock Downgrade by MoffettNathanson analyst, price target now $41

Verizon Communications Inc. [NYSE: VZ] gained 2.23% on the last trading session, reaching $42.24 price per share at the time. The company report on September 9, 2022 that Verizon Response: Planned power outages in CA and OR.


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We know how important it is to stay connected when the power goes out. We’re committed to making sure Verizon customers can use their mobile devices during commercial power outages, including Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events.

Verizon has backup batteries at all our macro cell sites (towers) and permanent generators at the majority of our cell sites and all of our switch locations (network nerve centers), which we’re able to refuel during extended power outages. These backup energy sources help keep our network running when commercial power is lost.

Verizon Communications Inc. represents 4.20 billion in outstanding shares, while the company has a total market value of $173.53 billion with the latest information. VZ stock price has been found in the range of $41.47 to $42.32.

If compared to the average trading volume of 20.32M shares, VZ reached a trading volume of 20235851 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 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 $51.95 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 2.90. 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.

MoffettNathanson have made an estimate for Verizon Communications Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Underperform, with their previous recommendation back on August 18, 2022. The new note on the price target was released on July 28, 2022, representing the official price target for Verizon Communications Inc. stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Verizon Communications Inc. is set at 0.70, with the Price to Sales ratio for VZ stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.29. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 2.06, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.45. Price to Free Cash Flow for VZ in the course of the last twelve months was 42.53 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.70.

Trading performance analysis for VZ stock

Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 1.03. With this latest performance, VZ shares dropped by -5.80% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -20.65% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -22.41% 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 37.39, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 42.44, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 36.17 for Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 45.97, while it was recorded at 41.41 for the last single week of trading, and 50.30 for the last 200 days.

Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

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.

Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

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 3.35%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Verizon Communications Inc. [VZ]

There are presently around $113,074 million, or 64.90% of VZ stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of VZ stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 345,733,122, which is approximately 4.697% of the company’s market cap and around 0.06% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 316,099,553 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $13.35 billion in VZ stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $6.92 billion in VZ stock with ownership of nearly -2.468% 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 1,597 institutional holders increased their position in Verizon Communications Inc. [NYSE:VZ] by around 188,734,454 shares. Additionally, 1,321 investors decreased positions by around 144,386,439 shares, while 218 investors held positions by with 2,343,815,590 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 2,676,936,483 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. VZ stock had 126 new institutional investments in for a total of 9,263,836 shares, while 139 institutional investors sold positions of 16,936,277 shares during the same period.

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