Why USA Technologies, Inc. (USAT) Jumped 3.91% in Thursday’s Stock Market

USA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAT) is trending higher in the market today as the company shares are trading 3.91% or 0.3 points up from last closing price of $7.68, reaching $7.98 at last check. Any clue why there is so much of action in the USAT stock? The share price has risen in 5 of the last 5 days and is down -2.29% 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 -310,235 shares, and in total 502365 shares valued at $4.009 million were seen changing hands compared with 812600 shares valued at $6.241 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 USAT stock for the next couple of days.

USA Technologies, Inc. (USAT) shares have notched a 3-month decline of about -2.29%, but has still advanced 97.43% year to date. By comparison, the stock sank -51.7% over the past 12 months, while it jumped 7.41% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $412.19M, with its short interest ratio standing at 11.9%.

In the current trading session for USAT, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $8.11 and was down as much as $7.75 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $3.19. The 52-week high is now at -31.66 distance from current price. Their recent low of $11.75 represents a 151.72% 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 USAT is $9, 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 USA Technologies, Inc. earned $-0.25 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of -31.92. 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 18.03 and lower compared to the sector’s average of 29.02. When the P/E ratio is low let’s say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. USAT also has P/S multiple of 3.34. This is greater versus the 12 month P/S ratios of other companies in the same indutry. The peer average price to sales ratio is 0.53x.

The company recorded an interesting insider purchase transaction by the Major Shareholder on Aug 01, 2019. A Securities and Exchanges Commission filings show that Hudson Executive Capital Lp bought a total of 1,000,252 USAT shares that day for a sum of around $6,931,746. USA Technologies, Inc. (USAT) insiders have acquired 1,000,252 shares in the stock within the past three months. In total, individual insiders traded 1,011,209 shares in the business, which makes up 99.285% of 1,018,492 shares that were traded over a year. In the past 12 months, insiders have purchased 1,007,535 shares while the seller parted with 10,957 shares.

USAT‘s last price was up 41.21% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $5.65 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $7.24. At present, there are 53.67 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 36.96 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 9.34% while institutions stake was 71.46%. The company has generated negative returns on equity over the last 12 months (0%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 0% over the past 12 months.

When assessing the full upside of the USAT stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its 4.35% gain from moving average of $7.65 has brought about a positive sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 0 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 USA Technologies, Inc. — 1 analysts rate the stock as a buy with another 0 rating it strong buy. There are 2 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 $9 on shares of USA Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:USAT), which corresponds to 12.64% upside potential than its current market price of $7.98 and implies potential despite the recent advance in the price. However, their current target price has fallen from $9 a month ago and is down handily from the consensus target of $9 a quarter ago.

In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly 0%. 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 25%. The revenue of the company has retreated at an average annualized rate of about 0 over the last five years. The company recently recorded an increase of 35.4%, but this figure is rather attractive.