YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE: YPF) stock jumped 0.17% on Tuesday to $12.00 against a previous-day closing price of $11.98. With 2.03 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 2.54 million shares. During the session, the Oil & Gas Integrated company that operates in wider Energy sector, reached to the highest price of $12.27 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $11.56. The 52-week range on YPF shows that it touched its highest point at $13.11 and its lowest point at $2.82 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $6.61. Beta for the stock currently stands at 1.45.
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 YPF was down-trending over the past week, with a drop of -1.80%, but this was up by 38.25% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 67.36% while six-month performance rose 282.17%. The stock gained 213.32% in the past year, while it has gained 30.58% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for YPF yields 3.29 with Next year EPS estimates of 3.17. For the next quarter, that number is 1.07. This implies an EPS growth rate of 100.40% for this year and -29.90% for next year. EPS is expected to grow by 47.92% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of 15.00%.
Float and Shares Shorts:
At present, 393.24 million YPF shares are outstanding with a float of 193.36 million shares on hand for trading. On Oct 13, 2022, short shares totaled 9.7 million, which was 2.47% higher than short shares on Sep 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Pablo Anibal Iuliano as the firm’s CEO & Director, Mr. Alejandro Daniel Lew serves as its Chief Financial Officer.
Through their ownership of 47.48% of YPF’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have minority control over the company. Other institutions hold 8.91% of YPF, in contrast to 1.86% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for –. As the largest shareholder in YPF with 1.65% of the stake, Helikon Investments Ltd. holds 6,493,467 shares worth 6,493,467. A second-largest stockholder of YPF, Two Sigma Investments LP, holds 3,437,375 shares, controlling over 0.87% of the firm’s shares. Arrowstreet Capital LP is the third largest shareholder in YPF, holding 2,701,617 shares or 0.69% stake. With a 0.42% stake in YPF, the BlackRock Strategic Fds. – Emergi is the largest stakeholder. A total of 1,660,476 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The St. James’s Place Unit Trust – Gl, which owns about 0.19% of YPF stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 760,317 shares valued at 6.99 million. Hartford International Value Fund holds 0.15% of the stake in YPF, owning 598,213 shares worth 5.5 million.
Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for YPF since 12 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 3 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 5 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 3 believe that the stock is worth HOLDING, 0 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 YPF analysts setting a high price target of $48.57 and a low target of $4.20, the average target price over the next 12 months is $11.22. Based on these targets, YPF could surge 304.75% to reach the target high and fall by -65.0% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a decline of -6.5% 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. YPF will report FY 2022 earnings on 03/01/2024. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of $6.05 being high and $1.89 being low. For YPF, this leads to a yearly average estimate of $4.72. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. YPF Sociedad Anonima surprised analysts by $0.46 when it reported $1.72 EPS against a consensus estimate of $1.26. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $1.11. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is $1.56 and the low estimate is $0.57. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus $1.07.