LGI Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ:LGIH) could be among the best stocks to invest in right now as the company shares are trading 2.83% or 2.01 points up from last closing price of $71.05, reaching $73.06 at last check. Any clue why there is so much of action in the LGIH stock? The share price has risen in 2 of the last 5 days and is up 23.14% 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 -11,494 shares, and in total 189406 shares valued at $13.838 million were seen changing hands compared with 200900 shares valued at $14.274 million 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 LGIH stock for the next couple of days.
LGI Homes, Inc. (LGIH) shares have notched a 3-month gain of about 23.14%, but has still advanced 57.12% year to date. By comparison, the stock added 12.21% over the past 12 months, while it jumped 0.42% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $1.59B, with its short interest ratio standing at 11.47%.
In the current trading session for LGIH, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $73.61 and was down as much as $70.91 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $37.16. The 52-week high is now at -2.73 distance from current price. Their recent low of $75.49 represents a 97.6% 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 LGIH is $74.25, this is below 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 LGI Homes, Inc. earned $5.81 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of 12.57. 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 higher than the ones recorded by the industry which is 10.03 and lower compared to the sector’s average of 19.23. When the P/E ratio is low let’s say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. LGIH also has P/S multiple of 1.08. 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 65393.37x.
The company recorded an interesting insider sale transaction by the Director on Jun 07, 2019. A Securities and Exchanges Commission filings show that Steven Randal Smith sold a total of 2,500 LGIH shares that day for a sum of around $186,225. The filings show that the insider now retains 12,407 shares, currently worth $906,455. LGI Homes, Inc. (LGIH) insiders have acquired no shares in the stock within the past three months. The total insider sales reported to the SEC in that time frame amounted to 120,573 shares. In total, individual insiders traded 120,573 shares in the business, which makes up 34.273% of 351,799 shares that were traded over a year. In the past 12 months, insiders have purchased 180,935 shares while the seller parted with 170,864 shares.
LGIH‘s last price was up 33.14% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $54.87 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $68.87. At present, there are 22.35 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 18.79 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 5.1% while institutions stake was 94.3%. The company has generated positive returns on equity over the last 12 months (23.3%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 24.9% over the past 12 months.
When assessing the full upside of the LGIH stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its 4.11% gain from moving average of $70.18 has brought about a positive sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 0.59 to the stock. With the beta been less than one, this implies that the company shares are theoretically less 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 LGI Homes, Inc. — 3 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 $68.125 on shares of LGI Homes, Inc. (NASDAQ:LGIH), which corresponds to 6.82% downside potential than its current market price of $73.06 and implies potential despite the recent advance in the price. However, their current target price has fallen from $68.125 a month ago and is up handily from the consensus target of $61.875 a quarter ago.
In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly 42.2%. Though the percentage looks encouraging, extra tailwinds are emerging as looking out over a next 5-year period, with analysts estimating that their earnings will increase annually by 14.83%. The revenue of the company has risen at an average annualized rate of about 56 over the last five years. The company recently recorded an increase of 3.1%, but this figure is rather unattractive.
Let’s briefly check the hedge fund interest towards LGIH stock. Marshall Wace North America L.P. added position in the company after it grew 50% or 4,366 shares of its common stock. The hedge fund now owns 6,549 shares worth $478,470, SEC documents show. Marshall Wace LLP shored up assets in the stock as 40698.67 shares have been purchased, increasing its stake by 50% to 61,048 shares which are currently valued at $4,460,167. In addition, First Pacific Advisors LP recently reported that it now owns 50,439 shares making a total of $3,685,073 based on the recent price. This refelects a change of 50% in their ownership.