Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ:WDC) stock went on an upward path that rose over 3.07% on Thursday, amounting to a one-week price decrease of more than -3.27%. Over the last 12 months, WDC stock dropped by -14.83%. The one-year WDC stock forecast points to a potential downside of -0.07, with the average price target set at $58.94 per share. The average equity rating for WDC stock is currently 2.60, trading closer to a bullish pattern in the stock market.
The market cap for WDC stock reached $16.82 billion, with 305.39 million shares outstanding and 292.11 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 5.96M shares, WDC reached a trading volume of 3,148,275 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.
Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Western Digital Corporation (WDC):
Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for WDC shares is $58.90 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on WDC stock is a recommendation set at Hold. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.
Barclays have made an estimate for Western Digital Corporation shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Equal Weight, with their previous recommendation back on Aug-08-19. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Wedbush raised their target price from $32.50 to $54.50. The new note on the price target was released on Aug-01-19, representing the official price target for Western Digital Corporation stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $40 to $45, while Cowen kept a Market Perform rating on WDC stock. On Jul-29-19, analysts increased their price target for WDC shares from 58 to 68.
The Average True Range (ATR) for Western Digital Corporation is set at 2.08, with the Price to Sales ratio for WDC stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.02. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.57, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 12.11. Price to Free Cash Flow for WDC in the course of the last twelve months was 10.82 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 1.30.
Trading performance analysis for WDC stock
Western Digital Corporation (WDC) fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -3.27. With this latest performance, WDC shares gained by 2.21% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 6.62% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -14.83% in the past year of trading.
Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for WDC stock in for the last two-week period is set at 53.33, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 52.14, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 54.33 for Western Digital Corporation (WDC). The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 52.36, while it was recorded at 54.09 for the last single week of trading, and 46.67 for the last 200 days.
Western Digital Corporation (WDC): A deeper dive into fundamental analysis
Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Western Digital Corporation (WDC) shares currently have an operating margin of +1.53 and a Gross Margin at +22.64. Western Digital Corporation’s Net Margin is presently recorded at -4.55.
Return on Total Capital for WDC is now 1.17, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is -3.53. Return on Equity for this stock declined to -7.01, with Return on Assets sitting at -2.71. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Western Digital Corporation (WDC) has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 105.57. Additionally, WDC Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 51.35, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 39.90. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 102.80, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 50.01.
Receivables Turnover for the company is 9.74 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.60. Western Digital Corporation’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 1.30 and a Current Ratio set at 2.10.
Western Digital Corporation (WDC): An earnings per share (EPS) analysis
With the latest financial reports released by the company, Western Digital Corporation posted $0.17/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at $0.46/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company fail the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 63.11. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for WDC. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Western Digital Corporation go to -13.80%.
An analysis of insider ownership at Western Digital Corporation (WDC)
There are presently around $13,986,484,548 million, or 88.42% of WDC stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of WDC stocks are: VANGUARD GROUP INC with ownership of 32104981, which is approximately 1.69 of the company’s market cap and around 0.30% of the total institutional ownership; BLACKROCK INC., holding 24772352 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $1.32 billion in WDC stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $694.36 million in WDC stock with ownership of nearly 1.15 of the company’s market capitalization.
Positions in Western Digital Corporation stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 324 institutional holders increased their position in Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ:WDC) by around 29,367,098 shares. Additionally, 343 investors decreased positions by around 27,021,861 shares, while 79 investors held positions by with 205,334,180 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 261,723,139 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. WDC stock had 67 new institutional investments in for a total of 1,312,883 shares, while 104 institutional investors sold positions of 3,609,879 shares during the same period.