The Albemarle Corporation (ALB) shares are trading at higher $81.56 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Moderate Buy. while the current analyst price target stands at $71.06.
To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $99.40 and the low is $48.89. Over the last 52 weeks, ALB is down -17.95% while the S&P 500 is down -0.87%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.
A Notable Earnings Report
In the last quarter, ALB reported a profit of $242.02 million. Albemarle Corporation also saw revenues increase to $738.85 million. In addition, ALB has free cash flow of -$59.48 million as of 03-2020. The company’s EBITDA came in at $177.74 million which compares well with its peers.
ALB booked profit margins of 14.50%, its Return on Equity (ROE) is 13.10%, and its Return on Assets is 5.60%. All told, it is clear that, ALB needs to be on your watchlist.
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Of course, we must look beyond the financials and question how well those numbers represent the sustainable earnings power of the business. Investors need to know how sustainable this current run. ALB has a short ratio of 10.45 and outstanding shares of 106.23M.
ALB has seen increased volume after this news and investors are putting their support behind the value proposition. Furthermore, 10-day volume stands at 1.18 million and more growth is possible in the weeks ahead. Traders will also note the company’s earnings per share came in at 4.77. Albemarle Corporation ALB also noted assets of $9.85 billion at the end of the last quarter. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as ALB has historically followed its peers on positive news.
All told, Albemarle Corporation ALB has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, ALB represents an interesting risk/reward case. Traders should stay tuned to see if this recent report will push the stock to test recent resistance levels.
Albemarle Corporation ALB is now commanding a market cap of 8.33B and a float of 105.69M. ALB is increasing its credibility in this sector and that could lead to more upside down the line. Sign-up for continuing coverage on shares of ALB stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!
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