Salem Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SALM) is one of the hottest stocks trading today on the U.S. Markets as the company shares are 11.12% or 0.18 points higher from last closing price of $1.62, reaching $1.8001 at last check. Any clue why there is so much of action in the SALM stock? The share price has risen in 5 of the last 5 days and is down -34.94% 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 solid volume too with far more shares changing hands than in a normal session. Trading activity as of this writing strengthened by 50,114 shares, and in total 126714 shares valued at $228098 were seen changing hands compared with 76600 shares valued at $124092 recorded at the previous session. You should take into consideration that a greater volume on higher prices causes bullish signal for the market. It shows the sentiment is in an uptrend and more and more traders want to enter in the SALM stock.
Salem Media Group, Inc. (SALM) shares have notched a 3-month decline of about -34.94%, but has still tumbled -22.49% year to date. By comparison, the stock sank -57.92% over the past 12 months, while it slipped -15.18% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $42.87M, with its short interest ratio standing at 1.39%.
In the current trading session for SALM, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $1.8371 and was down as much as $1.63 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $1.42. The 52-week high is now at -55.31 distance from current price. Their recent low of $4.05 represents a 27.46% 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 SALM is $3.63, 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 Salem Media Group, Inc. earned $-0.2 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of -9. 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 27.96 and lower compared to the sector’s average of 39.23. When the P/E ratio is low let’s say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. SALM also has P/S multiple of 0.18. 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 0.43x.
SALM‘s last price was down -22.34% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $2.32 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $1.9. At present, there are 26.46 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 12.69 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 11.9% while institutions stake was 28.8%. The company has generated negative returns on equity over the last 12 months (-2.3%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 20.9% over the past 12 months.
When assessing the full upside of the SALM stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its 16.1% gain from moving average of $1.55 has brought about a positive sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 1.68 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.
Most of the analysts surveyed by Thomson/First Call think quite highly of Salem Media Group, Inc. — 2 analysts rate the stock as a buy with another 0 rating it strong buy. There are 0 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 $3.25 on shares of Salem Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:SALM), which corresponds to 80.55% upside potential than its current market price of $1.8001 and implies potential despite the recent advance in the price. However, their current target price has fallen from $3.25 a month ago and is down handily from the consensus target of $4 a quarter ago.
In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly -2.4%. 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 2.1 over the last five years. The company recently recorded a drop of -2.4%, but this figure is rather unattractive.
Let’s briefly check the hedge fund interest towards SALM stock. OneAscent Financial Services LLC changed position in the company and now owns 37,330 shares worth $67,198, SEC documents show. First Wilshire Securities Management Inc. cut assets in the stock as 360122.4 shares have been sold, reducing its stake by -32.2% to 244,163 shares which are currently valued at $439,518. In addition, Vanguard Group Inc. recently reported that it now owns 365,676 shares making a total of $658,253 based on the recent price. This refelects a change of 2.6% in their ownership.