Market Analysts see International Paper Company [IP] falling to $31. Time to buy?

International Paper Company [NYSE: IP] plunged by -$1.33 during the normal trading session on Monday and reaching a high of $32.85 during the day while it closed the day at $31.77. The company report on September 26, 2022 that International Paper Announces Price Determination with Respect to Cash Tender Offer for Certain of its Outstanding Notes for up to $497.658 Million Combined Aggregate Principal Amount.

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International Paper Company (NYSE: IP) (the “Company”) announced today the pricing terms for its previously announced cash tender offer (the “Offer”) for up to $497.658 million combined aggregate principal amount (the “Aggregate Maximum Amount”) of its outstanding 8.700% Notes due 2038 (the “8.700% Notes”), 7.75% Notes due 2025 (the “7.75% Notes”), 7.35% Notes due 2025 (the “7.35% Notes”), 7.30% Notes due 2039 (the “7.30% Notes”), 7.20% Notes due 2026 (the “7.20% Notes”), 7.15% Notes due 2027 (the “7.15% Notes”), 6 7/8% Notes due 2023 (the “6 7/8% 2023 Notes”), 6 7/8% Notes due 2029 (the “6 7/8% 2029 Notes”), 6.65% Notes due 2037 (the “6.65% Notes”), 6.40% Notes due 2026 (the “6.40% Notes”), 6.00% Notes due 2041 (the “6.00% Notes”), 5.150% Notes due 2046 (the “5.150% Notes”), 5.000% Notes due 2035 (the “5.000% Notes”), 4.80% Notes due 2044 (the “4.80% Notes”), 4.400% Notes due 2047 (the “4.400% Notes”) and 4.350% Notes due 2048 (the “4.350% Notes,” and, together with the 8.700% Notes, the 7.75% Notes, the 7.35% Notes, the 7.30% Notes, the 7.20% Notes, the 7.15% Notes, the 6 7/8% 2023 Notes, the 6 7/8% 2029 Notes, the 6.65% Notes, the 6.40% Notes, the 6.00% Notes, the 5.150% Notes, the 5.000% Notes, the 4.80% Notes and the 4.400% Notes, the “Notes”).

Holders of Notes that were validly tendered and not validly withdrawn at or before 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on September 23, 2022 (the “Early Tender Deadline”) and whose Notes are accepted for purchase by the Company will receive the applicable Total Consideration.

International Paper Company stock has also loss -13.01% of its value over the past 7 days. However, IP stock has declined by -25.79% in the 3 months of the year. Over the past six months meanwhile, it has lost -31.41% and lost -32.38% year-on date.

The market cap for IP stock reached $11.75 billion, with 367.60 million shares outstanding and 360.68 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 2.83M shares, IP reached a trading volume of 8421140 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say about International Paper Company [IP]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for IP shares is $44.82 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on IP stock is a recommendation set at 3.10. 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.

Jefferies have made an estimate for International Paper Company shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Underperform, with their previous recommendation back on September 16, 2022. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Wells Fargo dropped their target price from $58 to $47. The new note on the price target was released on July 18, 2022, representing the official price target for International Paper Company stock. Previously, the target price had yet another drop from $53 to $46, while Citigroup kept a Neutral rating on IP stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for International Paper Company is set at 1.32, with the Price to Sales ratio for IP stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.57. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.29, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 2.64.

IP stock trade performance evaluation

International Paper Company [IP] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -13.01. With this latest performance, IP shares dropped by -27.58% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -31.41% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -41.56% 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 IP stock in for the last two-week period is set at 20.16, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 15.82, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 24.04 for International Paper Company [IP]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 41.31, while it was recorded at 33.55 for the last single week of trading, and 44.78 for the last 200 days.

International Paper Company [IP]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and International Paper Company [IP] shares currently have an operating margin of +7.64 and a Gross Margin at +22.97. International Paper Company’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +5.79.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 13.25, with Return on Assets sitting at 3.94.

International Paper Company’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.20 and a Current Ratio set at 1.60.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for International Paper Company [IP] stock

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 IP. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for International Paper Company go to 19.20%.

International Paper Company [IP]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $10,008 million, or 89.80% of IP stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of IP stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 43,354,772, which is approximately -1.728% of the company’s market cap and around 0.10% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 35,463,200 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $1.13 billion in IP stocks shares; and PRICE T ROWE ASSOCIATES INC /MD/, currently with $884.2 million in IP stock with ownership of nearly -0.446% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in International Paper Company stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 401 institutional holders increased their position in International Paper Company [NYSE:IP] by around 20,868,699 shares. Additionally, 383 investors decreased positions by around 16,288,795 shares, while 171 investors held positions by with 277,871,727 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 315,029,221 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. IP stock had 92 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,783,591 shares, while 90 institutional investors sold positions of 3,656,333 shares during the same period.


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