British American Tobacco p.l.c. (NYSE:BTI) is trending higher in the market today as the company shares are trading 3.24% or 1.23 points down from last closing price of $37.99, reaching $36.76 at last check. Any clue why there is so much of action in the BTI stock? The share price has dropped in 2 of the last 5 days and is up 2.81% 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 -127,367 shares, and in total 1.126 million shares valued at $41.393 million were seen changing hands compared with 1.253 million shares valued at $47.617 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 BTI stock is near its bottom.
British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BTI) shares have notched a 3-month gain of about 2.81%, but has still advanced 19.24% year to date. By comparison, the stock sank -17.84% over the past 12 months, while it jumped 3.32% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $86.34B, with its short interest ratio standing at 1.44%.
In the current trading session for BTI, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $37.23 and was down as much as $36.71 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $30.67. The 52-week high is now at -24.3 distance from current price. Their recent low of $48.58 represents a 19.91% 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 BTI is $45.69, 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 British American Tobacco p.l.c. earned $3.23 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of 11.38. 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 13.11 and lower compared to the sector’s average of 27.18. When the P/E ratio is low let’s say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. BTI also has P/S multiple of 2.7. 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 1.16x.
BTI‘s last price was up 0.57% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $36.55 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $36.66. At present, there are 2.27 billion in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 2.21 billion shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 4.6% while institutions stake was 5.4%. The company has generated positive returns on equity over the last 12 months (9.7%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 82.7% over the past 12 months.
When assessing the full upside of the BTI stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its 1.92% gain from moving average of $36.07 has brought about a positive sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 0.9 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 British American Tobacco p.l.c. — 2 analysts rate the stock as a buy with another 0 rating it strong buy. There are 4 analysts who maintain a hold rating for the stock, with 3 giving it a sell rating. Analysts arrived at a 12-month price target of $66 on shares of British American Tobacco p.l.c. (NYSE:BTI), which corresponds to 79.45% upside potential than its current market price of $36.76 and implies potential despite the recent drop in the price. However, their current target price has fallen from $66 a month ago and is down handily from the consensus target of $66 a quarter ago.
In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly 4.9%. 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 7%. The revenue of the company has risen at an average annualized rate of about 9.9 over the last five years. The company recently recorded an increase of 64.1%, but this figure is rather attractive.
Let’s briefly check the hedge fund interest towards BTI stock. Boston Partners added position in the company after it grew 29.7% or 798,140 shares of its common stock. The hedge fund now owns 1,035,188 shares worth $38,053,511, SEC documents show. Atria Investments LLC cut assets in the stock as 11026.14 shares have been sold, reducing its stake by -12% to 9,703 shares which are currently valued at $356,682. In addition, Keudell Morrison Wealth Management recently reported that it now owns 10,313 shares making a total of $379,106 based on the recent price. This refelects a change of -21.9% in their ownership.