Barclays slashes price target on Blackstone Inc. [BX] – find out why.

Blackstone Inc. [NYSE: BX] loss -0.53% on the last trading session, reaching $73.09 price per share at the time. The company report on December 5, 2022 that Blackstone Private Credit Fund Increases Monthly Distribution.

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Blackstone Private Credit Fund (“BCRED”) today announced the increase of its regular monthly distribution from $0.1900 per share to $0.2100 per share, which represents a 10.2% annualized distribution yield (for Class I Common Shares1) based on the October NAV per share of $24.60. BCRED’s Board of Trustees (the “Board”) approved the increase in distribution, which will become effective for the December 2022 monthly distribution with the record date of December 30, 2022 and will be paid on or about January 27, 2023.

This announcement comes on the heels of BCRED’s regular monthly distribution increase from $0.1740 per share to $0.1900 per share for Class I Common Shares, announced on September 7, 2022, and the recent special distribution of $0.07 paid in September 20222.These monthly distribution increases are driven by increases in BCRED’s earnings power, which is positively impacted by rising interest rates, the quality of its portfolio, as well as widening spreads resulting from public credit market dislocation.

Blackstone Inc. represents 742.35 million in outstanding shares, while the company has a total market value of $91.03 billion with the latest information. BX stock price has been found in the range of $72.24 to $74.49.

If compared to the average trading volume of 5.66M shares, BX reached a trading volume of 6058560 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 Blackstone Inc. [BX]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for BX shares is $98.43 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on BX stock is a recommendation set at 2.30. 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.

Barclays have made an estimate for Blackstone Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Equal Weight, with their previous recommendation back on December 02, 2022. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Credit Suisse dropped their target price from $85.50 to $67.50. The new note on the price target was released on November 22, 2022, representing the official price target for Blackstone Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $85.50, while Credit Suisse analysts kept a Neutral rating on BX stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Blackstone Inc. is set at 4.23, with the Price to Sales ratio for BX stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 7.24. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 7.15, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 2.87.

Trading performance analysis for BX stock

Blackstone Inc. [BX] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -12.40. With this latest performance, BX shares dropped by -20.28% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -19.58% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -38.70% 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 BX stock in for the last two-week period is set at 33.04, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 27.71, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 36.67 for Blackstone Inc. [BX]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 87.71, while it was recorded at 75.99 for the last single week of trading, and 99.91 for the last 200 days.

Blackstone Inc. [BX]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Blackstone Inc. [BX] shares currently have an operating margin of +109.08 and a Gross Margin at +98.91. Blackstone Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +46.52.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 72.88, with Return on Assets sitting at 17.36.

Blackstone Inc. [BX]: 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 BX. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Blackstone Inc. go to 9.43%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Blackstone Inc. [BX]

There are presently around $32,680 million, or 64.50% of BX stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of BX stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 46,339,020, which is approximately 1.271% of the company’s market cap and around 0.30% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 38,686,042 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $2.83 billion in BX stocks shares; and MORGAN STANLEY, currently with $1.59 billion in BX stock with ownership of nearly 1.653% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Blackstone Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of October and at the time of the October reporting period, where 834 institutional holders increased their position in Blackstone Inc. [NYSE:BX] by around 28,045,333 shares. Additionally, 625 investors decreased positions by around 21,245,068 shares, while 229 investors held positions by with 397,827,223 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 447,117,624 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. BX stock had 94 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,384,238 shares, while 127 institutional investors sold positions of 4,511,703 shares during the same period.


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