Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) stock fell -4.48% on Friday to $85.26 against a previous-day closing price of $89.26. With 1.14 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained heavier than its average volume of 0.7 million shares. During the session, the Lodging company that operates in wider Consumer Cyclical sector, reached to the highest price of $89.18 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $85.18. The 52-week range on H shows that it touched its highest point at $108.10 and its lowest point at $70.12 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $103.93. Beta for the stock currently stands at 1.36.
Price Performance and Earnings:
Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of H was down-trending over the past week, with a drop of -8.56%, but this was down by -5.32% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 16.76% while six-month performance fell -9.34%. The stock gained 15.72% in the past year, while it has lost -11.09% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for H yields 2.07 with Next year EPS estimates of 1.96. For the next quarter, that number is 0.23. This implies an EPS growth rate of 69.20% for this year and 170.68% for next year.
Float and Shares Shorts:
At present, 109.95 million H shares are outstanding with a float of 49.26 million shares on hand for trading. On Jul 14, 2022, short shares totaled 3.57 million, which was 3.24% higher than short shares on Jun 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Thomas J. Pritzker J.D., M.B.A. as the firm’s Exec. Chairman, Mr. Mark Samuel Hoplamazian serves as its Pres, CEO & Director.
Through their ownership of 102.86% of H’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 55.05% of H, in contrast to 48.09% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 11.53%. As the largest shareholder in H with 10.73% of the stake, BAMCO, Inc. holds 5,379,160 shares worth 5,379,160. A second-largest stockholder of H, The Vanguard Group, Inc., holds 4,366,907 shares, controlling over 8.71% of the firm’s shares. Massachusetts Financial Services is the third largest shareholder in H, holding 2,990,314 shares or 5.97% stake. With a 6.64% stake in H, the Baron Partners Fund is the largest stakeholder. A total of 3,325,000 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Principal Investors – Mid Cap Fun, which owns about 3.62% of H stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 1,811,678 shares valued at 162.36 million. MFS Mid Cap Growth Fund holds 3.14% of the stake in H, owning 1,571,899 shares worth 140.87 million.
Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for H since 18 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 6 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 0 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 9 believe that the stock is worth HOLDING, 3 give it an OVERWEIGHT rating, and 0 thinks that it’s UNDERWEIGHT. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With H analysts setting a high price target of $122.00 and a low target of $91.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $104.27. Based on these targets, H could surge 43.09% to reach the target high and rise by 6.73% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 22.3% from current levels.
EPS: Estimates vs Actual
It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy. H will report FY 2022 earnings on 02/15/2023. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of $0.89 being high and $0.32 being low. For H, this leads to a yearly average estimate of $0.63. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. Hyatt Hotels Corporation surprised analysts by $0.40 when it reported $0.46 EPS against a consensus estimate of $0.06. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $0.05. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is $0.40 and the low estimate is $0.05. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus $0.23.
Summary of Insider Activity:
Insiders traded H stock several times over the past three months with 1 Buys and 2 Sells. In these transactions, 207,381 shares were bought while 97,699 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 67 while that of sell transactions has risen to 63 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 546,522 while 298,212 shares were sold.