Sohu.com Limited (NASDAQ:SOHU) could be among the worst stocks to invest in right now as the company shares are trading 3.5% or 0.5 points down from last closing price of $14.29, reaching $13.79 at last check. Any clue why there is so much of action in the SOHU stock? The share price has dropped in 3 of the last 5 days and is down -23.87% over the past week. It will be exciting to see whether the stock manages to continue decreasing or take a minor break for the next few days. The move came on solid volume too with far more shares changing hands than in a normal session. Trading activity as of this writing strengthened by 209,113 shares, and in total 442913 shares valued at $6.108 million were seen changing hands compared with 233800 shares valued at $3.341 million recorded at the previous session. You should take into consideration that a greater volume on lower prices causes the situation where nobody wants to continue with their long position and wants to exit from the SOHU stock.
Sohu.com Limited (SOHU) shares have notched a 3-month decline of about -23.87%, but has still tumbled -17.97% year to date. By comparison, the stock sank -63.85% over the past 12 months, while it slipped -22.42% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $544.02M, with its short interest ratio standing at 3.56%.
In the current trading session for SOHU, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $14.27 and was down as much as $13.73 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $13.11. The 52-week high is now at -67.19 distance from current price. Their recent low of $42.12 represents a 5.42% 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 SOHU is $24, 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 Sohu.com Limited earned $-6.81 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of -2.02. 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 85.8 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. SOHU also has P/S multiple of 0.28. 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 2.4x.
SOHU‘s last price was down -25.68% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $18.55 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $16.1. At present, there are 38.07 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 30.47 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 24.33% while institutions stake was 58.5%. The company has generated negative returns on equity over the last 12 months (-21.4%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 42.4% over the past 12 months.
When assessing the full upside of the SOHU stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its -3.46% decline from moving average of $14.28 has brought about a negative sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 1.52 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.
In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly -25.12%. 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 6.74%. The revenue of the company has risen at an average annualized rate of about 6.1 over the last five years. The company recently recorded a drop of -5.2%, but this figure is rather unattractive.
Let’s briefly check the hedge fund interest towards SOHU stock. BlueCrest Capital Management Ltd added position in the company after it grew 50% or 8,292 shares of its common stock. The hedge fund now owns 12,438 shares worth $171,520, SEC documents show. RMB Capital Management LLC shored up assets in the stock as 502533 shares have been purchased, increasing its stake by 3% to 517,609 shares which are currently valued at $7,137,828. In addition, Morgan Stanley recently reported that it now owns 7,462 shares making a total of $102,901 based on the recent price. This refelects a change of 43.6% in their ownership.