Views of Wall Street’s Leading Experts on Masimo Corporation

Masimo Corporation (NASDAQ: MASI) stock fell -3.00% on Tuesday to $167.58 against a previous-day closing price of $172.76. With 0.51 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 0.57 million shares. During the session, the Medical Instruments & Supplies company that operates in wider Healthcare sector, reached to the highest price of $174.58 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $167.21. The 52-week range on MASI shows that it touched its highest point at $237.85 and its lowest point at $108.89 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $166.14. Beta for the stock currently stands at 0.85.

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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 MASI was up-trending over the past week, with a rise of 3.44%, but this was up by 14.13% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 23.26% while six-month performance rose 20.72%. The stock lost -23.10% in the past year, while it has gained 13.27% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for MASI yields 3.02 with Next year EPS estimates of 4.39. For the next quarter, that number is 1.18. This implies an EPS growth rate of -3.80% for this year and -1.17% for next year. EPS is expected to grow by 11.90% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of -7.40%.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 52.50 million MASI shares are outstanding with a float of 48.15 million shares on hand for trading. On Oct 13, 2022, short shares totaled 3.08 million, which was 5.87% higher than short shares on Sep 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Joseph E. Kiani as the firm’s Founder, CEO & Chairman, Mr. Micah Young serves as its Exec. VP of Fin. & CFO.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 96.41% of MASI’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 9.86% of MASI, in contrast to 46.55% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 43.00%. As the largest shareholder in MASI with 8.84% of the stake, Politan Capital Management LP holds 4,648,869 shares worth 4,648,869. A second-largest stockholder of MASI, The Vanguard Group, Inc., holds 4,521,527 shares, controlling over 8.60% of the firm’s shares. BlackRock Fund Advisors is the third largest shareholder in MASI, holding 4,121,883 shares or 7.84% stake. With a 3.04% stake in MASI, the Fidelity Select Medical Technolog is the largest stakeholder. A total of 1,599,600 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Vanguard Total Stock Market Index, which owns about 2.89% of MASI stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 1,519,029 shares valued at 224.74 million. iShares Core S&P Mid Cap ETF holds 2.84% of the stake in MASI, owning 1,491,990 shares worth 220.74 million.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for MASI since 8 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 6 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 0 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 2 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 MASI analysts setting a high price target of $180.00 and a low target of $135.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $166.14. Based on these targets, MASI could surge 7.41% to reach the target high and fall by -19.44% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a decline of -0.86% 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. MASI will report FY 2022 earnings on 02/14/2024. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of $4.48 being high and $4.42 being low. For MASI, this leads to a yearly average estimate of $4.45. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. Masimo Corporation surprised analysts by $0.08 when it reported $1.00 EPS against a consensus estimate of $0.92. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $0.15. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is $1.21 and the low estimate is $1.15. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus $1.18.

Summary of Insider Activity:

Insiders traded MASI stock several times over the past three months with 11 Buys and 0 Sells. In these transactions, 46,818 shares were bought while 0 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 20 while that of sell transactions has remained unmoved to 0 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 180,746 while 0 shares were sold.

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