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The Unprecedented Rise of PepsiCo Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP)

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PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) shares are trading at higher $137.85 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Moderate Buy, while the current analyst price target stands at $149.28.

To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $147.20 and the low is $101.42. Over the last 52 weeks, PEP is down 0.00% while the S&P 500 is up 18.03%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.

A Notable Earnings Report

In the last quarter, PEP reported a profit of $9.94 billion. PepsiCo Inc. also saw revenues increase to $18.09 billion. In addition, PEP has free cash flow of $4.05 billion as of 09-2020. The company’s EBITDA came in at $3.62 billion which compares well with its peers.

PEP booked profit margins of 10.30%, its Return on Equity (ROE) is 51.90%, and its Return on Assets is 8.20%. All told, it is clear that, PEP 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. PEP has a short ratio of 1.75 and outstanding shares of 1.38B.

Company Outlook

PEP 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 5.06. PepsiCo Inc. PEP also noted assets of $92.04 billion at the end of the last quarter. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as PEP has historically followed its peers on positive news.

All told, PepsiCo Inc. PEP has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, PEP 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.

PepsiCo Inc. PEP is now commanding a market cap of 194.66B and a float of 1.38B. PEP 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 PEP 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 PEP, either long or short, and we have not been compensated for this article.

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