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Is Now the Time to Invest in Pacific Ethanol Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX)?

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Pacific Ethanol Inc. (PEIX) shares are trading at lower $8.83 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Moderate Buy.

To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $9.19 and the low is $0.22. Over the last 52 weeks, PEIX is up 1516.33% while the S&P 500 is up 18.28%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.

A Notable Earnings Report

In the last quarter, PEIX reported a profit of $31.18 million. Pacific Ethanol Inc. also saw revenues increase to $212.07 million. In addition, PEIX has free cash flow of $43.15 million as of 06-2020. The company’s EBITDA came in at $31.85 million which compares well with its peers.

PEIX booked profit margins of -6.40%, its Return on Equity (ROE) is -36.20%, and its Return on Assets is -13.70%. All told, it is clear that, PEIX 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. PEIX has a short ratio of 0.32 and outstanding shares of 54.50M.

Company Outlook

PEIX has seen increased volume after this news and investors are putting their support behind the value proposition. Furthermore, 10-day volume stands at 6.8 million and more growth is possible in the weeks ahead. Traders will also note the company’s earnings per share came in at -1.64. Pacific Ethanol Inc. PEIX also noted assets of $497.13 million at the end of the last quarter. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as PEIX has historically followed its peers on positive news.

All told, Pacific Ethanol Inc. PEIX has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, PEIX 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.

Pacific Ethanol Inc. PEIX is now commanding a market cap of 565.83M and a float of 49.50M. PEIX 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 PEIX 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 PEIX, either long or short, and we have not been compensated for this article.

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