If you’re on the hunt for stocks to watch today, Hancock Whitney Corporation (NASDAQ:HWC) is a stock to give close attention to. The company shares are trading 2.79% or 1.01 points down from last closing price of $36.22, reaching $35.21 at last check. The HWC share price has dropped in 4 of the last 5 days and is down -10.4% 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 weak volume too with far less shares changing hands than in a normal session. Trading activity as of this writing weakened by -267,437 shares, and in total 83563 shares valued at $2.942 million were seen changing hands compared with 351000 shares valued at $12.713 million recorded at the previous session. You should take into consideration that a falling volume on lower prices shows the bearish trend but this is an early indication which means that the HWC stock is near its bottom.
Hancock Whitney Corporation (HWC) shares have notched a 3-month decline of about -10.4%, but has still advanced 5.66% year to date. By comparison, the stock sank -28.5% over the past 12 months, while it slipped -4.71% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $3.15B, with its short interest ratio standing at 5.47%.
In the current trading session for HWC, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $35.88 and was down as much as $35.21 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $32.59. The 52-week high is now at -33.36 distance from current price. Their recent low of $53 represents a 8.38% 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 HWC is $45.4, 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 Hancock Whitney Corporation earned $3.72 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of 9.47. 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 20.61 and lower compared to the sector’s average of 21.14. When the P/E ratio is low let’s say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. HWC also has P/S multiple of 2.94. 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 8.3x.
HWC‘s last price was down -12.3% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $40.15 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $39.22. At present, there are 86.15 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 84.87 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 0.3% while institutions stake was 80.3%. The company has generated positive returns on equity over the last 12 months (10.4%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 0% over the past 12 months.
When assessing the full upside of the HWC stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its -10.05% decline from moving average of $39.14 has brought about a negative sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 1.37 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 14%. 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 8%. The revenue of the company has risen at an average annualized rate of about 7.3 over the last five years. The company recently recorded an increase of 14.5%, but this figure is rather attractive.