Its Stock Has Paid Off Big Time For H World Group Limited

H World Group Limited (NASDAQ: HTHT) stock fell -2.79% on Friday to $33.06 against a previous-day closing price of $34.01. With 1.2 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 1.4 million shares. During the session, the Lodging company that operates in wider Consumer Cyclical sector, reached to the highest price of $34.56 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $33.03. The 52-week range on HTHT shows that it touched its highest point at $50.83 and its lowest point at $21.84 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $45.17. With its current market cap of 10.94 billion, HTHT has annualized dividend of $0.21 while the current yield stands at 0.64%. Beta for the stock currently stands at 1.06.

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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 HTHT was down-trending over the past week, with a drop of -9.62%, but this was down by -15.03% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 0.43% while six-month performance rose 0.61%. The stock lost -28.86% in the past year, while it has lost -10.91% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for HTHT yields -0.72 with Next year EPS estimates of 7.33. For the next quarter, that number is -4.71. This implies an EPS growth rate of 80.10% for this year and 11100.00% for next year. EPS is expected to grow by 29.28% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of -15.50%.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 310.87 million HTHT shares are outstanding with a float of 36.73 million shares on hand for trading. On Jul 14, 2022, short shares totaled 10.32 million, which was 3.21% higher than short shares on Jun 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Qi Ji as the firm’s Founder & Exec. Chairman, Mr. Jiong Wu serves as its Co-Founder & Independent Director.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 48.71% of HTHT’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have minority control over the company. Other institutions hold 25.70% of HTHT, in contrast to 21.90% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for –. As the largest shareholder in HTHT with 9.74% of the stake, Invesco Advisers, Inc. holds 31,351,434 shares worth 31,351,434. A second-largest stockholder of HTHT, T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., holds 13,841,664 shares, controlling over 4.30% of the firm’s shares. The Vanguard Group, Inc. is the third largest shareholder in HTHT, holding 6,431,950 shares or 2.00% stake. With a 8.30% stake in HTHT, the Invesco Developing Markets Fund is the largest stakeholder. A total of 26,717,688 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock I, which owns about 0.95% of HTHT stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 3,052,413 shares valued at 114.86 million. Vanguard Total International Stoc holds 0.88% of the stake in HTHT, owning 2,839,498 shares worth 106.85 million.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for HTHT since 18 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 15 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 0 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 0 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 HTHT analysts setting a high price target of $365.90 and a low target of $257.98, the average target price over the next 12 months is $313.98. Based on these targets, HTHT could surge 1006.78% to reach the target high and rise by 680.34% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 849.73% 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. HTHT will report FY 2022 earnings on 03/14/2023. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of $1.00 being high and -$2.14 being low. For HTHT, this leads to a yearly average estimate of -$0.50. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. H World Group Limited surprised analysts by -$0.13 when it reported -$0.04 EPS against a consensus estimate of $0.09. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $0.07. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is $1.57 and the low estimate is -$4.71. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus -$0.86.

Dividends & Yield:

In terms of dividends, HTHT has a dividend of $0.26 is likely to be paid on average over the next five years. Dividend yield is another indicator that appeals to many investors, and HTHT currently yields $0.60. In the past year, HTHT’s dividend yield has been $0.60, but when looking at the stock over the past five years, its yield has been $0.96. Accordingly, HTHT has a current buyback yield of $0.43. This was $0.43 for the TTM.

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