News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWSA) stock jumped 0.05% on Thursday to $18.23 against a previous-day closing price of $18.22. With 2.05 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 2.71 million shares. During the session, the Entertainment company that operates in wider Communication Services sector, reached to the highest price of $18.42 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $18.14. The 52-week range on NWSA shows that it touched its highest point at $21.69 and its lowest point at $14.87 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $23.98. With its current market cap of 10.58 billion, NWSA has annualized dividend of $0.20 while the current yield stands at 1.10%. Beta for the stock currently stands at 1.31.
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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 NWSA was down-trending over the past week, with a drop of -2.88%, but this was up by 9.49% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 4.53% while six-month performance rose 2.24%. The stock gained 10.15% in the past year, while it has gained 0.16% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for NWSA yields 0.46 with Next year EPS estimates of 0.83. For the next quarter, that number is 0.09. This implies an EPS growth rate of 89.10% for this year and 91.88% for next year. EPS is expected to decline by -2.38% annually over the next five years; however, over the past five years, the company experienced an annual growth rate of 23.10%.
Float and Shares Shorts:
At present, 575.40 million NWSA shares are outstanding with a float of 495.38 million shares on hand for trading. On May 14, 2023, short shares totaled 11.2 million, which was 1.95% higher than short shares on Apr 13, 2023. In addition to Mr. Keith Rupert Murdoch AC as the firm’s Exec. Chairman, Mr. Robert J. Thomson serves as its CEO & Director.
Through their ownership of 102.62% of NWSA’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 62.42% of NWSA, in contrast to 40.62% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 0.68%. As the largest shareholder in NWSA with 18.29% of the stake, T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. holds 69,948,286 shares worth 69,948,286. A second-largest stockholder of NWSA, The Vanguard Group, Inc., holds 52,544,303 shares, controlling over 13.74% of the firm’s shares. Independent Franchise Partners LL is the third largest shareholder in NWSA, holding 29,764,842 shares or 7.78% stake. With a 3.88% stake in NWSA, the T Rowe Price Mid Cap Value Fund is the largest stakeholder. A total of 14,834,664 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The T Rowe Price Equity Income Fund, which owns about 3.76% of NWSA stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 14,360,000 shares valued at 252.88 million. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF holds 3.68% of the stake in NWSA, owning 14,060,035 shares worth 247.6 million.
An Overview of Recent Financials:
Understanding a company as a customer does not mean you will understand it as an investor. The wise investor uses quantitative research to analyze metrics such as revenue, net income, and earnings. In its fiscal quarter reported on Mar 30, 2023, NWSA reported revenue of $2.67B and operating income of $132.00M. The EBITDA in the recently reported quarter was $221.00M and diluted EPS was $0.19.
Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for NWSA since 0 analysts follow the stock currently. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With NWSA analysts setting a high price target of $30.00 and a low target of $16.90, the average target price over the next 12 months is $23.30. Based on these targets, NWSA could surge 64.56% to reach the target high and fall by -7.3% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 27.81% 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.
Dividends & Yield:
In terms of dividends, NWSA has a current ratio of $0.2, which is $0.2 over the trailing 12-months, while a dividend of $0.20 is likely to be paid on average over the next five years. Dividend yield is another indicator that appeals to many investors, and NWSA currently yields $1.1. In the past year, NWSA’s dividend yield has been $1.1, but when looking at the stock over the past five years, its yield has been $1.28. Accordingly, NWSA has a current buyback yield of $2.39. This was $2.39 for the TTM.
Summary of Insider Activity:
Insiders traded NWSA stock several times over the past three months with 12 Buys and 13 Sells. In these transactions, 15,030 shares were bought while 38,780 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 52 while that of sell transactions has risen to 56 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 1,551,696 while 1,438,024 shares were sold.