JP Morgan lifts BP p.l.c. [BP] price estimate. Who else is bullish?

BP p.l.c. [NYSE: BP] price plunged by -0.24 percent to reach at -$0.08. The company report on October 17, 2022 that Archaea Energy to be Acquired by bp for Approximately $4.1 Billion.


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Archaea Energy Inc. (“Archaea”) (NYSE: LFG), an industry-leading renewable natural gas (“RNG”) company, today announced that it has agreed to be acquired by bp (NYSE: BP) for approximately $26 per Archaea Class A and Class B share in cash, or a total enterprise value of approximately $4.1 billion, including approximately $800 million of net debt. The cash consideration represents an approximately 38 percent premium to Archaea’s volume weighted average share price for the 30 days ending October 14, 2022.

Nick Stork, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Archaea, said, “Archaea was founded with a mission to build the world’s leading RNG development company to reduce global emissions and make multi-generational sustainability impacts. In a very short period of time, we have rapidly become a leading RNG platform in the U.S., and today’s announcement will further enable this business to realize its full potential. bp is a world-class partner and a strong fit for Archaea, with a strategic focus on bioenergy and an operational history in the RNG value chain that is fully aligned with ours and our partners’. We are excited to join them in our mission to increase the role of RNG in helping customers reach their long-term climate goals, and I look forward to our hard-working team joining the bp organization to help achieve their bioenergy objectives. I am incredibly proud of our employees at Archaea who have driven this tremendous value creation and will continue to push forward Archaea’s drive to foster clean energy growth and promote domestic energy reliance.”.

A sum of 11290391 shares traded at recent session while its average daily volume was at 10.69M shares. BP p.l.c. shares reached a high of $33.17 and dropped to a low of $32.6742 until finishing in the latest session at $33.15.

The one-year BP stock forecast points to a potential upside of 9.7. The average equity rating for BP stock is currently 2.20, trading closer to a bullish pattern in the stock market.

Guru’s Opinion on BP p.l.c. [BP]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for BP shares is $36.71 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on BP stock is a recommendation set at 2.20. 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.

JP Morgan have made an estimate for BP p.l.c. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Neutral, with their previous recommendation back on September 26, 2022. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Credit Suisse raised their target price to Neutral. The new note on the price target was released on June 09, 2022, representing the official price target for BP p.l.c. stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for BP p.l.c. is set at 0.85, with the Price to Sales ratio for BP stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.51. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.61, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 10.69. Price to Free Cash Flow for BP in the course of the last twelve months was 6.38 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.80.

BP Stock Performance Analysis:

BP p.l.c. [BP] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 5.71. With this latest performance, BP shares gained by 15.30% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 15.42% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 13.45% 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 BP stock in for the last two-week period is set at 67.23, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 75.12, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 62.52 for BP p.l.c. [BP]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 30.95, while it was recorded at 32.51 for the last single week of trading, and 30.42 for the last 200 days.

Insight into BP p.l.c. Fundamentals:

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and BP p.l.c. [BP] shares currently have an operating margin of +6.78 and a Gross Margin at +13.99. BP p.l.c.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +4.80.

Return on Total Capital for BP is now 6.46, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 5.35. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 10.20, with Return on Assets sitting at 2.70. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, BP p.l.c. [BP] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 92.48. Additionally, BP Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 48.05, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 24.29. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 82.82, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 43.02.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, BP p.l.c. [BP] managed to generate an average of $83,469 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 6.62 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.56.BP p.l.c.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.80 and a Current Ratio set at 1.20.

BP Stock EPS

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 BP. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for BP p.l.c. go to -4.00%.

BP p.l.c. [BP] Insider Position Details

There are presently around $9,936 million, or 10.00% of BP stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of BP stocks are: ARROWSTREET CAPITAL, LIMITED PARTNERSHIP with ownership of 26,469,744, which is approximately 3.536% of the company’s market cap and around 0.50% of the total institutional ownership; STATE STREET CORP, holding 24,663,358 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $817.59 million in BP stocks shares; and FISHER ASSET MANAGEMENT, LLC, currently with $506.8 million in BP stock with ownership of nearly 5.666% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in BP p.l.c. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of November and at the time of the November reporting period, where 440 institutional holders increased their position in BP p.l.c. [NYSE:BP] by around 41,509,531 shares. Additionally, 472 investors decreased positions by around 50,894,643 shares, while 203 investors held positions by with 207,331,134 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 299,735,308 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. BP stock had 91 new institutional investments in for a total of 7,514,511 shares, while 104 institutional investors sold positions of 15,352,721 shares during the same period.

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