The stock of Stantec Inc. (NYSE:STN) is now priced at $31.27 and the shares are -0.58 points down or -1.82% lower compared to its previous closing price of $31.85. The stock had 170252 contracts set over the past session. STN shares’ daily volume is compared to its average trading volume at 110944 shares. However, it has a float of 111 million and although its performance was 1.03% over the week, it’s one to watch. Analysts have given the STN stock a yearly average price target of $28.21 per share. It means the stock’s downside potential is -9.79% with the STN share price recently placing at $30.81 to $31.9973. However, some brokerage firms have priced the stock below the average, including one that has called $29.23.
The shorts are running away from the Stantec Inc. stock, with the latest data on short interest released on June 15, 2020, showing that short interest numbers in the STN shares have declined. Short interest in the stock represents just 0.44% of its float, but the volume has dropped by 0. The volume of shorted shares dropped to from shares over the last two weeks. The average intraday trading volume has been shares, which means that days to cover moved to roughly.
In the last trading session, Stantec Inc. (NYSE:STN) raised by $0.32 over the week and gained $1.96 on its 20-day. The stock’s high in the recent session is lower when compared to its 52-week high of $32.68. The stock recorded its established 52-week high on 07/13/20.
Since 08/09/19, the stock has traded to a low of $20.22 at 54.65%, an encouraging piece of data likely to interest most investors out to exploit the stock’s recent surge. The stock has a beta allocation of 1.15. Being above 1 means that the stock’s volatility is higher than the market and traders are keenly watching it.
Looking at current readings, Stantec Inc.’s two-week RSI is 56.72. This suggests that the stock is neutral at the moment and that STN shares’ price movement remains stable. The stochastic readings are equally revealing at 71.83% meaning the STN share price is currently in oversold territory.
The technical chart shows that the STN stock will likely settle at between $31.91 and $32.55 per share. However, if the stock dips below $30.72, then its market would become much weaker. Any downside could see the stock price sliding to levels as low as $30.17.
Currently, the stock is trading in the green of MACD, with a reading of 0.23. Investors always pay attention to any move above or below the zero-line, mainly because the indicator points to the position of the stock’s short-term average relative to its long-term measure. A MACD -a reading above the zero line means that the short-term is above the long-term average. This scenario implies that there is an upward momentum. The opposite is true when the MACD falls below the zero-line.
Analysts at Maxim Group assigned STN a rating of Sector Perform in their intiating review released on July 14. BMO Capital Markets analysts downgraded their recommendation of the stock from Outperform to Market Perform in a flash note released to investors on April 16. CIBC seeing the improvements upgraded the stock from Neutral to Sector Outperform on November 07.
The average rating for the STN equity is 2.14 and is currently gathering a bullish momentum. Of 8 analysts tracking Stantec Inc. polled by Reuters, 3 rated STN as a hold. The remaining 5 analysts were split evenly. However, the split wasn’t equal as a majority (5) rated it as a buy or strong buy. 0 analyst advised investors against buying the stock or to sell if they own any of the stock.
Elsewhere, the STN stock price is 12.78X ahead of its 12-month Consensus earnings per share estimates. The stocks P/S ratio currently stands at 26.6 above the group’s average of 11.5. Stantec Inc. has its P/E ratio at 2.4, which means that the stock is currently trading at a premium relative to the 1.6 industry average.
Zacks Consensus Estimate forecasts that the current-quarter revenues for Stantec Inc. (NYSE:STN) will decrease by about -43.18%, which will see them reach $693.81 million. The company’s full-year revenues are, however, expected to increase by about 5.2%, up from $2690 million to $2830 million. STN’s expected adjusted earnings should surge almost 12.9% to end up at $0.35 per share, while for the fiscal year, analysts project the company’s earnings to grow by about 11.51% to record $1.55/share.