The Travelers Companies Inc. (NYSE: TRV) stock jumped 3.70% on Tuesday to $193.25 against a previous-day closing price of $186.36. With 2.64 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained heavier than its average volume of 1.33 million shares. During the session, the Insurance – Property & Casualty company that operates in wider Financial sector, reached to the highest price of $193.84 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $185.02. The 52-week range on TRV shows that it touched its highest point at $194.45 and its lowest point at $149.65 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $194.56. With its current market cap of 44.97 billion, TRV has annualized dividend of $3.72 while the current yield stands at 1.92%. Beta for the stock currently stands at 0.64.
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 TRV was up-trending over the past week, with a rise of 4.46%, but this was up by 2.02% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 9.66% while six-month performance rose 20.80%. The stock gained 18.84% in the past year, while it has gained 3.07% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for TRV yields 13.69 with Next year EPS estimates of 14.60. For the next quarter, that number is 4.00. This implies an EPS growth rate of 37.80% for this year and 16.52% for next year. EPS is expected to grow by 5.75% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of 7.10%.
Float and Shares Shorts:
At present, 235.40 million TRV shares are outstanding with a float of 233.85 million shares on hand for trading. On Oct 13, 2022, short shares totaled 4.16 million, which was 1.78% higher than short shares on Sep 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Alan David Schnitzer as the firm’s Chairman & CEO, Mr. Daniel Stephen Frey serves as its Exec. VP & CFO.
Through their ownership of 85.93% of TRV’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 52.89% of TRV, in contrast to 31.87% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 1.32%. As the largest shareholder in TRV with 8.91% of the stake, The Vanguard Group, Inc. holds 20,882,607 shares worth 20,882,607. A second-largest stockholder of TRV, Fidelity Management & Research Co, holds 17,701,932 shares, controlling over 7.55% of the firm’s shares. SSgA Funds Management, Inc. is the third largest shareholder in TRV, holding 16,511,461 shares or 7.05% stake. With a 3.04% stake in TRV, the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index is the largest stakeholder. A total of 7,124,119 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average, which owns about 2.49% of TRV stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 5,843,454 shares valued at 1.1 billion. Vanguard 500 Index Fund holds 2.31% of the stake in TRV, owning 5,417,064 shares worth 1.02 billion.
Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for TRV since 24 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 6 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 3 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 14 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 TRV analysts setting a high price target of $220.00 and a low target of $175.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $195.00. Based on these targets, TRV could surge 13.84% to reach the target high and fall by -9.44% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 0.91% 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. TRV will report FY 2023 earnings on 01/23/2024. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of $15.73 being high and $13.20 being low. For TRV, this leads to a yearly average estimate of $14.48. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. The Travelers Companies Inc. surprised analysts by $0.66 when it reported $2.20 EPS against a consensus estimate of $1.54. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $0.60. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is $4.45 and the low estimate is $3.30. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus $3.81.
Summary of Insider Activity:
Insiders traded TRV stock several times over the past three months with 18 Buys and 23 Sells. In these transactions, 124,700 shares were bought while 121,673 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 73 while that of sell transactions has risen to 77 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 564,036 while 489,997 shares were sold.