Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX) could be among the best stocks to invest in right now as the company shares are trading 4.55% or 0.05 points up from last closing price of $1.1, reaching $1.15 at last check. Any clue why there is so much of action in the PEIX stock? The share price has risen in 1 of the last 5 days and is down -0.9% over the past week. It will be exciting to see whether the stock manages to continue increasing or take a minor break for the next few days. The move came on weak volume too with far less shares changing hands than in a normal session. Trading activity as of this writing weakened by -135,561 shares, and in total 123039 shares valued at $141495 were seen changing hands compared with 258600 shares valued at $284460 recorded at the previous session. You should take into consideration that a falling volume on higher prices causes divergence and may be an early warning about possible changes in PEIX stock for the next couple of days.
Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) shares have notched a 3-month decline of about -0.9%, but has still advanced 27.76% year to date. By comparison, the stock sank -67.16% over the past 12 months, while it slipped -5.98% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $55.26M, with its short interest ratio standing at 1.44%.
In the current trading session for PEIX, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $1.2 and was down as much as $1.1 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $0.76. The 52-week high is now at -69.27 distance from current price. Their recent low of $3.78 represents a 52.61% recovery. This data is quite important for investors who look to benefit from the recent rise of the company’s stock. The price target currently for PEIX is $4.17, this is above the recent high that the stock attained. Taking a look at the overall sentimental views of financial analysts, the trading pattern of this stock recently is very clear.
The stock of Pacific Ethanol, Inc. earned $-1.51 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of -0.76. You can compare it with that of similar companies in its industry to get a sense of whether the stock you’re looking to purchase is overvalued or undervalued. Its current price to earnings ratio is lower than the ones recorded by the industry which is 141.58 and lower compared to the sector’s average of 9.82. When the P/E ratio is low let’s say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. PEIX also has P/S multiple of 0.04. This is smaller versus the 12 month P/S ratios of other companies in the same indutry. The peer average price to sales ratio is 23.99x.
The company recorded an interesting insider purchase transaction by the CFO on Mar 16, 2018. A Securities and Exchanges Commission filings show that Bryon T Mcgregor bought a total of 2,500 PEIX shares that day for a sum of around $8,875. The filings show that the insider stake has now grown to 122,108 shares, currently worth $140,424. Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (PEIX) insiders have acquired 423,500 shares in the stock within the past three months. The total insider sales reported to the SEC in that time frame amounted to 24,504 shares. In total, individual insiders traded 448,004 shares in the business, which makes up 45.768% of 978,862 shares that were traded over a year. In the past 12 months, insiders have purchased 954,358 shares while the seller parted with 24,504 shares.
PEIX‘s last price was down -23.54% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $1.5 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $1.11. At present, there are 50.24 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 44.22 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 3.5% while institutions stake was 44.2%. The company has generated negative returns on equity over the last 12 months (-21.2%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at -1.4% over the past 12 months.
When assessing the full upside of the PEIX stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its 4.13% gain from moving average of $1.1 has brought about a positive sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 2.28 to the stock. With the beta been greater than one, this implies that the company shares are theoretically more volatile than the market, something that the traders definitely are keeping an eye on.
Most of the analysts surveyed by Thomson/First Call think quite highly of Pacific Ethanol, Inc. — 2 analysts rate the stock as a buy with another 0 rating it strong buy. There are 1 analysts who maintain a hold rating for the stock, with 0 giving it a sell rating. Analysts arrived at a 12-month price target of $4.5 on shares of Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX), which corresponds to 287.93% upside potential than its current market price of $1.15 and implies potential despite the recent advance in the price. However, their current target price has fallen from $6.5 a month ago and is down handily from the consensus target of $6.5 a quarter ago.
In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly -53.4%. Though the percentage looks disappointing, extra tailwinds are emerging as looking out over a next 5-year period, with analysts estimating that their earnings will increase annually by 20%. The revenue of the company has risen at an average annualized rate of about 10.8 over the last five years. The company recently recorded a drop of -11%, but this figure is rather unattractive.
Let’s briefly check the hedge fund interest towards PEIX stock. Charles Schwab Investment Management Inc. added position in the company after it grew 50% or 21,091 shares of its common stock. The hedge fund now owns 31,636 shares worth $36,381, SEC documents show. Renaissance Technologies LLC shored up assets in the stock as 1164437 shares have been purchased, increasing its stake by 24.2% to 1,446,231 shares which are currently valued at $1,663,166. In addition, Northern Trust Corp recently reported that it now owns 127,638 shares making a total of $146,784 based on the recent price. This refelects a change of 9.2% in their ownership.