Joby Aviation Inc. (NYSE: JOBY) stock jumped 3.53% on Monday to $4.11 against a previous-day closing price of $3.97. With 2.94 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 3.2 million shares. During the session, the Airports & Air Services company that operates in wider Industrials sector, reached to the highest price of $4.1200 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $3.9300. The 52-week range on JOBY shows that it touched its highest point at $7.15 and its lowest point at $3.15 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $7.30.
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 JOBY was down-trending over the past week, with a drop of -2.38%, but this was up by 19.13% over a month. Three-month performance dropped to -3.29% while six-month performance fell -21.41%. The stock lost -15.78% in the past year, while it has gained 22.69% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for JOBY yields -0.32 with Next year EPS estimates of -0.61. For the next quarter, that number is -0.16. This implies an EPS growth rate of -57.90% for this year and -22.00% for next year.
Float and Shares Shorts:
At present, 583.97 million JOBY shares are outstanding with a float of 359.37 million shares on hand for trading. On Oct 13, 2022, short shares totaled 32.37 million, which was 5.33% higher than short shares on Sep 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Paul Cahill Sciarra as the firm’s Exec. Chairman, Mr. JoeBen Bevirt serves as its Founder, CEO, Chief Architect, Pres & Director.
Through their ownership of 29.10% of JOBY’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have minority control over the company. Other institutions hold 9.72% of JOBY, in contrast to 35.50% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 11.12%. As the largest shareholder in JOBY with 7.41% of the stake, Intel Corp. holds 46,040,786 shares worth 46,040,786. A second-largest stockholder of JOBY, The Vanguard Group, Inc., holds 20,270,150 shares, controlling over 3.26% of the firm’s shares. BlackRock Fund Advisors is the third largest shareholder in JOBY, holding 14,387,963 shares or 2.31% stake. With a 1.23% stake in JOBY, the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index is the largest stakeholder. A total of 7,648,252 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Scottish Mortgage Investment Trus, which owns about 1.22% of JOBY stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 7,577,200 shares valued at 25.38 million. Vanguard Small Cap Index Fund holds 1.03% of the stake in JOBY, owning 6,408,602 shares worth 21.47 million.
Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for JOBY since 6 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 2 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 0 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 4 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 JOBY analysts setting a high price target of $11.00 and a low target of $4.50, the average target price over the next 12 months is $7.30. Based on these targets, JOBY could surge 167.64% to reach the target high and rise by 9.49% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 77.62% 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. JOBY will report FY 2022 earnings on 03/21/2024. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of -$0.39 being high and -$0.56 being low. For JOBY, this leads to a yearly average estimate of -$0.48. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. Joby Aviation Inc. surprised analysts by $0.01 when it reported -$0.14 EPS against a consensus estimate of -$0.15. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $0.06. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is -$0.13 and the low estimate is -$0.19. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus -$0.16.
Summary of Insider Activity:
Insiders traded JOBY stock several times over the past three months with 3 Buys and 3 Sells. In these transactions, 45,847 shares were bought while 18,806 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 51 while that of sell transactions has risen to 29 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 7,056,993 while 6,202,555 shares were sold.