PPL Corporation [PPL] stock Upgrade by Morgan Stanley analyst, price target now $32

PPL Corporation [NYSE: PPL] closed the trading session at $29.20 on 01/03/23. The day’s price range saw the stock hit a low of $28.71, while the highest price level was $29.42. The company report on January 3, 2023 that PPL to Provide Update on Significant Progress Being Made as the New PPL: A Premier U.S. Regulated Utility.

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Company to Host Conference Call and Webcast on Wednesday, Jan. 11.

PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) will host a conference call and webcast on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time to provide an update to its capital investment plans, cost savings initiatives and business outlook as the company continues to execute its vision following PPL’s strategic repositioning into a premier U.S. regulated utility. Following the call, PPL’s executive team will be meeting with investors at the annual Evercore ISI utility conference on Jan. 12 and 13 in Palm Beach, Florida.

The stocks have a year to date performance of -0.07 percent and weekly performance of -1.15 percent. The stock has been moved at 8.83 percent over the last six months. The stock has performed -0.31 percent around the most recent 30 days and changed 12.05 percent over the most recent 3-months.

If compared to the average trading volume of 4.57M shares, PPL reached to a volume of 5784668 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 PPL Corporation [PPL]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for PPL shares is $30.25 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on PPL stock is a recommendation set at 2.10. 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.

Morgan Stanley have made an estimate for PPL Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Overweight, with their previous recommendation back on December 15, 2022. The new note on the price target was released on October 06, 2022, representing the official price target for PPL Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $29 to $33, while BofA Securities kept a Buy rating on PPL stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for PPL Corporation is set at 0.51, with the Price to Sales ratio for PPL stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 3.08. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.55, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 0.41.

PPL stock trade performance evaluation

PPL Corporation [PPL] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -1.15. With this latest performance, PPL shares dropped by -0.31% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 8.83% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -2.86% 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 PPL stock in for the last two-week period is set at 53.20, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 48.45, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 54.95 for PPL Corporation [PPL]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 28.18, while it was recorded at 29.44 for the last single week of trading, and 28.25 for the last 200 days.

PPL Corporation [PPL]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and PPL Corporation [PPL] shares currently have an operating margin of +24.62 and a Gross Margin at +28.20. PPL Corporation’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +0.31.

Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 0.13, with Return on Assets sitting at 0.04.

PPL Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.70 and a Current Ratio set at 0.80.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for PPL Corporation [PPL] 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 PPL. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for PPL Corporation go to 17.47%.

PPL Corporation [PPL]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $15,246 million, or 72.80% of PPL stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of PPL stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 93,472,081, which is approximately 3.798% of the company’s market cap and around 0.11% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 58,628,922 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $1.71 billion in PPL stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $1.3 billion in PPL stock with ownership of nearly 1.511% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in PPL Corporation stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of February and at the time of the February reporting period, where 343 institutional holders increased their position in PPL Corporation [NYSE:PPL] by around 47,847,191 shares. Additionally, 365 investors decreased positions by around 38,274,921 shares, while 142 investors held positions by with 435,995,989 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 522,118,101 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. PPL stock had 70 new institutional investments in for a total of 15,250,438 shares, while 91 institutional investors sold positions of 7,155,164 shares during the same period.


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