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Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. (NYSE:WDR) is Gaining Momentum on Earnings Catalyst

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The Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. (WDR) shares are trading at lower $14.66 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Hold. while the current analyst price target stands at $14.07.

To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $18.33 and the low is $9.87. Over the last 52 weeks, WDR is down -20.02% while the S&P 500 is down -0.63%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.

A Notable Earnings Report

In the last quarter, WDR reported a profit of $39.39 million. Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. also saw revenues increase to $263.73 million. In addition, WDR has free cash flow of $26.09 million as of 03-2020. The company’s EBITDA came in at $42.95 million which compares well with its peers.

WDR booked profit margins of 9.80%, its Return on Equity (ROE) is 12.80%, and its Return on Assets is 8.50%. All told, it is clear that, WDR 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. WDR has a short ratio of 19.78 and outstanding shares of 67.68M.

Company Outlook

WDR has seen increased volume after this news and investors are putting their support behind the value proposition. Furthermore, 10-day volume stands at 0.91 million and more growth is possible in the weeks ahead. Traders will also note the company’s earnings per share came in at 1.46. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as WDR has historically followed its peers on positive news.

All told, Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. WDR has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, WDR 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.

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. WDR is now commanding a market cap of 983.98M and a float of 63.16M. WDR 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 WDR stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!

Disclosure: we hold no position in WDR, either long or short, and we have not been compensated for this article.

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