Are Smart Investors Making the Right Decision? Inuvo Inc. (INUV)

Inuvo Inc. (AMEX: INUV) stock fell -3.03% on Wednesday to $0.31 against a previous-day closing price of $0.32. With 0.27 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained heavier than its average volume of 0.25 million shares. During the session, the Advertising Agencies company that operates in wider Communication Services sector, reached to the highest price of $0.3257 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $0.3037. The 52-week range on INUV shows that it touched its highest point at $0.69 and its lowest point at $0.30 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $1.00. Beta for the stock currently stands at 0.75.

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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 INUV was down-trending over the past week, with a drop of -12.07%, but this was down by -18.75% over a month. Three-month performance dropped to -39.29% while six-month performance fell -32.54%. The stock lost -51.05% in the past year, while it has lost -41.45% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for INUV yields -0.07 with Next year EPS estimates of -0.02. For the next quarter, that number is -0.01. This implies an EPS growth rate of 31.50% for this year and 60.00% for next year. EPS is expected to grow by 30.00% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of -11.40%.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 119.83 million INUV shares are outstanding with a float of 106.04 million shares on hand for trading. On Oct 13, 2022, short shares totaled 1.03 million, which was 0.85% higher than short shares on Sep 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Richard K. Howe as the firm’s Exec. Chairman & CEO, Mr. Wallace D. Ruiz Sr. serves as its CFO & Sec..

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 16.10% of INUV’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have minority control over the company. Other institutions hold 4.87% of INUV, in contrast to 15.02% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 11.22%. As the largest shareholder in INUV with 4.63% of the stake, Perkins Capital Management, Inc. holds 5,564,082 shares worth 5,564,082. A second-largest stockholder of INUV, Herald Investment Management Ltd., holds 5,292,857 shares, controlling over 4.41% of the firm’s shares. The Vanguard Group, Inc. is the third largest shareholder in INUV, holding 4,096,155 shares or 3.41% stake. With a 2.24% stake in INUV, the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index is the largest stakeholder. A total of 2,695,999 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Vanguard Extended Market Index Fu, which owns about 1.17% of INUV stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 1,409,054 shares valued at 0.52 million. Perkins Discovery Fund holds 0.43% of the stake in INUV, owning 514,500 shares worth 0.19 million.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for INUV since 2 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 2 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 0 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 0 believe that the stock is worth HOLDING, 0 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 INUV analysts setting a high price target of $1.00 and a low target of $1.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $1.00. Based on these targets, INUV could surge 222.58% to reach the target high and rise by 222.58% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 222.58% 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. INUV will report FY 2022 earnings on 02/09/2023. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of -$0.06 being high and -$0.10 being low. For INUV, this leads to a yearly average estimate of -$0.08. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. Inuvo Inc. surprised analysts by -$0.01 when it reported -$0.02 EPS against a consensus estimate of -$0.01. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was -$0.01. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is -$0.01 and the low estimate is -$0.02. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus -$0.01.

Summary of Insider Activity:

Insiders traded INUV stock several times over the past three months with 0 Buys and 0 Sells. In these transactions, 0 shares were bought while 0 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 15 while that of sell transactions has risen to 9 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 1,441,000 while 436,983 shares were sold.

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