A significant driver of top-line growth: AT&T Inc. (T)

AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) stock fell -0.06% on Friday to $16.24 against a previous-day closing price of $16.25. With 37.67 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 37.68 million shares. During the session, the Telecom Services company that operates in wider Communication Services sector, reached to the highest price of $16.38 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $16.14. The 52-week range on T shows that it touched its highest point at $21.53 and its lowest point at $16.25 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $21.34. With its current market cap of 115.86 billion, T has annualized dividend of $1.11 while the current yield stands at 6.83%. Beta for the stock currently stands at 0.45.

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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 T was down-trending over the past week, with a drop of -3.10%, but this was down by -10.08% over a month. Three-month performance dropped to -21.20% while six-month performance fell -7.58%. The stock lost -20.59% in the past year, while it has lost -12.81% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for T yields 2.74 with Next year EPS estimates of 2.50. For the next quarter, that number is 0.61. This implies an EPS growth rate of 468.40% for this year and -2.38% for next year. EPS is expected to decline by -4.76% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of 5.70%.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 7.17 billion T shares are outstanding with a float of 7.12 billion shares on hand for trading. On Jul 14, 2022, short shares totaled 77.37 million, which was 1.09% higher than short shares on Jun 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. John T. Stankey as the firm’s CEO, Pres & Director, Mr. Pascal Desroches serves as its Sr. Exec. VP & CFO.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 54.72% of T’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 27.89% of T, in contrast to 26.63% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 0.32%. As the largest shareholder in T with 7.95% of the stake, The Vanguard Group, Inc. holds 566,831,878 shares worth 566,831,878. A second-largest stockholder of T, BlackRock Fund Advisors, holds 339,043,670 shares, controlling over 4.76% of the firm’s shares. SSgA Funds Management, Inc. is the third largest shareholder in T, holding 276,465,128 shares or 3.88% stake. With a 2.98% stake in T, the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index is the largest stakeholder. A total of 211,985,635 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Vanguard 500 Index Fund, which owns about 2.24% of T stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 159,769,165 shares valued at 2.8 billion. Fidelity 500 Index Fund holds 1.08% of the stake in T, owning 76,868,891 shares worth 1.35 billion.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for T since 30 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 7 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 2 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 18 believe that the stock is worth HOLDING, 2 give it an OVERWEIGHT rating, and 1 thinks that it’s UNDERWEIGHT. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With T analysts setting a high price target of $26.00 and a low target of $10.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $21.21. Based on these targets, T could surge 60.1% to reach the target high and fall by -38.42% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 30.6% 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. T will report FY 2022 earnings on 01/25/2023. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of $2.88 being high and $2.38 being low. For T, this leads to a yearly average estimate of $2.54. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. AT&T Inc. surprised analysts by $0.04 when it reported $0.65 EPS against a consensus estimate of $0.61. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $0.16. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is $0.71 and the low estimate is $0.50. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus $0.61.

Summary of Insider Activity:

Insiders traded T stock several times over the past three months with 32 Buys and 0 Sells. In these transactions, 44,709 shares were bought while 0 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 136 while that of sell transactions has risen to 75 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 2,000,270 while 1,441,370 shares were sold.

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