Valens Semiconductor Ltd. (NYSE: VLN) stock jumped 5.15% on Friday to $5.72 against a previous-day closing price of $5.44. With 0.6 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained heavier than its average volume of 0.41 million shares. During the session, the Semiconductors company that operates in wider Technology sector, reached to the highest price of $5.78 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $5.33. The 52-week range on VLN shows that it touched its highest point at $7.48 and its lowest point at $2.71 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $8.80.
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 VLN was up-trending over the past week, with a rise of 12.82%, but this was up by 15.32% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 62.50% while six-month performance rose 49.35%. The stock lost -12.94% in the past year, while it has gained 6.52% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for VLN yields -0.32 with Next year EPS estimates of -0.18. For the next quarter, that number is -0.11. This implies an EPS growth rate of -47.60% for this year and 21.70% for next year.
Float and Shares Shorts:
At present, 99.44 million VLN shares are outstanding with a float of 89.08 million shares on hand for trading. On Oct 13, 2022, short shares totaled 0.13 million, which was 0.13% higher than short shares on Sep 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Gideon Y. Ben-Zvi as the firm’s CEO & Director, Mr. Dror Jerushalmi serves as its Co-Founder & Director.
Through their ownership of 48.72% of VLN’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have minority control over the company. Other institutions hold 1.56% of VLN, in contrast to 0.99% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for –. As the largest shareholder in VLN with 1.00% of the stake, Columbia Management Investment Ad holds 992,688 shares worth 992,688. A second-largest stockholder of VLN, Herald Investment Management Ltd., holds 341,331 shares, controlling over 0.34% of the firm’s shares. G2 Investment Partners Management is the third largest shareholder in VLN, holding 302,405 shares or 0.30% stake.
Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for VLN since 5 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 5 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 VLN analysts setting a high price target of $13.00 and a low target of $6.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $8.80. Based on these targets, VLN could surge 127.27% to reach the target high and rise by 4.9% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 53.85% 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. VLN will report FY 2022 earnings on 02/28/2024. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of -$0.17 being high and -$0.33 being low. For VLN, this leads to a yearly average estimate of -$0.24. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. Valens Semiconductor Ltd. surprised analysts by $0.07 when it reported -$0.02 EPS against a consensus estimate of -$0.09. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $0.02. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is -$0.02 and the low estimate is -$0.13. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus -$0.09.