Palo Alto Networks Inc. (PANW) shares are trading at higher $242.14 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Strong Buy, while the current analyst price target stands at $293.26.
To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $275.03 and the low is $125.47. Over the last 52 weeks, PANW is up 15.97% while the S&P 500 is up 10.68%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.
A Notable Earnings Report
In the last quarter, PANW reported a profit of $521.7 million. Palo Alto Networks Inc. also saw revenues increase to $726.6 million. In addition, PANW has free cash flow of $746.0 million as of 04-2019. The company’s EBITDA came in at $98.0 million which compares well with its peers.
PANW booked profit margins of -7.80%, its Return on Equity (ROE) is -21.50%, and its Return on Assets is -3.60%. All told, it is clear that, PANW 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. PANW has a short ratio of 3.64 and outstanding shares of 96.00M.
PANW has seen increased volume after this news and investors are putting their support behind the value proposition. Traders will also note the company’s earnings per share came in at -2.75. Palo Alto Networks Inc. PANW also noted assets of $6.26 billion at the end of the last quarter. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as PANW has historically followed its peers on positive news.
All told, Palo Alto Networks Inc. PANW has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, PANW 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.
Palo Alto Networks Inc. PANW is now commanding a market cap of 22.94B and a float of 94.21M. PANW 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 PANW stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!
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