Sphere Entertainment Co (NYSE: SPHR) stock jumped 3.98% on Friday to $37.11 against a previous-day closing price of $35.69. With 0.6 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 0.75 million shares. During the session, the Entertainment company that operates in wider Communication Services sector, reached to the highest price of $37.24 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $35.64. The 52-week range on SPHR shows that it touched its highest point at $43.93 and its lowest point at $18.01 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $32.25. Beta for the stock currently stands at 1.40.

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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 SPHR was up-trending over the past week, with a rise of 3.23%, but this was up by 4.98% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 1.01% while six-month performance rose 57.18%. The stock gained 84.35% in the past year, while it has gained 78.74% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for SPHR yields 17.43 with Next year EPS estimates of -3.06. For the next quarter, that number is -0.58. This implies an EPS growth rate of -122.49% for this year and -175.83% for next year.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 27.81 million SPHR shares are outstanding with a float of 26.83 million shares on hand for trading. On Oct 30, 2023, short shares totaled 2.81 million, which was 8.00% higher than short shares on Sep 28, 2023. In addition to Mr. James Lawrence Dolan as the firm’s Executive Chairman & CEO, Mr. Gregory Brunner serves as its Senior VP, Controller & Principal Accounting Officer.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 69.78% of SPHR’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 52.73% of SPHR, in contrast to 46.38% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 1.74%. As the largest shareholder in SPHR with 16.31% of the stake, Ariel Investments LLC holds 4,606,727 shares worth 4,606,727. A second-largest stockholder of SPHR, The Vanguard Group, Inc., holds 2,644,757 shares, controlling over 9.36% of the firm’s shares. Jericho Capital Asset Management is the third largest shareholder in SPHR, holding 1,698,802 shares or 6.02% stake. With a 7.47% stake in SPHR, the Ariel Fund is the largest stakeholder. A total of 2,110,740 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The T Rowe Price Mid Cap Value Fund, which owns about 3.40% of SPHR stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 960,993 shares valued at 31.63 million. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF holds 3.06% of the stake in SPHR, owning 862,977 shares worth 28.4 million.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for SPHR 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 SPHR analysts setting a high price target of $38.00 and a low target of $26.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $32.25. Based on these targets, SPHR could surge 2.4% to reach the target high and fall by -29.94% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a decline of -13.1% from current levels.

Summary of Insider Activity:

Insiders traded SPHR stock several times over the past three months with 18 Buys and 7 Sells. In these transactions, 211,515 shares were bought while 107,480 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 18 while that of sell transactions has risen to 7 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 211,515 while 107,480 shares were sold.

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