With the current price of $3.8, the stock of Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX) concluded the trading session seeing its price rise by 0.48 points or at a gain of 14.46% compared to its previous day’s closing price of $3.32. About 9.029 million shares of the stock changed hands on the day. The trading volume of PEIX’s shares during the past session compares with the stock’s average daily trading volume of 4.007 million shares. On the other hand, a float of 53.45 million shares and a weekly performance of -22.37% make the stock worth to keep an eye on. Analysts are in agreement on an annual target price of $0 for PEIX’s share which suggests that the stock, price of which is currently buoying between $3.3 and $4.2, is prone to a loss of -100%. But still, there are some analysts recommending a price below the agreed average price and one of them has given a target price of $9 to the stock.
The latest data released on August 14, 2020 shows that the short float in the Pacific Ethanol, Inc.’s stock is trending upward as short interest in PEIX shares climbed up leaving more number of shares available to public for trading. Number of shares shorted in the PEIX is currently comprised of 0.83% of the float as the volume of shorted shares inclined by 1915158 shares. Over the past two weeks, stock’s short interests weakened as number of shorted shares increased to 2.361 million shares from the previous figure of 445776 shares. Stock’s average intraday volume is now standing at 9.943 million shares which indicate that the days to cover the shorts are nearly 1.
After concluding the day’s trading, price of Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX) is down -$1.1 over the week and it is $1.45 above 20-day average price. The highest price touched by the stock on the day was lower than 52-week high price of $5.33 that was attained on 08/18/20.
The stock has traded as low as $0.22 in past 52-week, and its current price is 1627.27% above from that 52-week low price mark recorded on 03/17/20, which is an indicator that could increase the investors’ motivation level in taking advantage of price surge the stock has currently been going through. Stock currently has its beta at 3.93. A beta value of more than 1 represents higher volatility of a stock than that of the market and for the reason investors closely watch the behavior of such stock.
Current indicators are pointing at 57.2 as 14-days RSI of Pacific Ethanol, Inc. This means that the PEIX is currently in a neutral territory and its share’s price movement is likely to be steady for a while. Similarly, the stochastic oscillator is indicating a momentum of 42.51%, implying stock’s share price is buoying in a neutral state.
Technical chart is showing 1st resistance point of $4.23 for the PEIX’s share while placing it at a 2nd resistance point of $4.67 to be settled at. But if the stock takes a plunge lower than the 1st support price of $3.33 then its market would become weakened. And that would likely sliding the stock price down to 2nd support price level of $2.87.
MACD oscillator is showing a reading of -0.56 for the stock which means that it is currently in the red zone. Any movement above or below the zero level of the indicator has always being noticed by the investors as it makes them compare the stock’s average measure in short-term with that in the long-term. An MACD evaluation of more than zero means that stock has a stronger short-term average than long-term average, which implies that stock’s price is likely to climb up. But an MACD below zero indicates weaker short-term average compare to the long-term average.
B. Riley FBR maintained its Buy recommendation for PEIX stock in a review note dated November 07, but moved the price target down from $7 to $5. The stock gets a Buy recommendation from analysts at B. Riley FBR, Inc. who started covering the stock with a target price of $7 in their November 28 note to investors.Rodman & Renshaw analysts started covering the stock with recommendation of Buy rating on May 24, while suggesting a price target of $11 to it.
The average rating of 2 for PEIX is placing the stock in bullish category at the moment. In a poll by Reuters including 2 analysts in it who kept tracking the Pacific Ethanol, Inc., 0 rated the stock as hold. Others were in different opinions for the PEIX. Out of remaining 2 analysts, 2 rated the stock as a buy or strong buy. 0 were in favor of a sell rating for the stock while advising investors to shun the stock if they already have any or otherwise not to buy it.
A quick look at other side of the picture shows that PEIX stock is ahead of earnings per share estimates with a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 2.36.
Projection by Zacks Consensus Estimates suggests that Pacific Ethanol, Inc. (NASDAQ:PEIX) will see its current-quarter revenues drop by nearly -99.89% to be decreased to about $228 million. Full-year revenue of the company is however forecasted to be fell to nearly -30.01% to bring $994 million in revenues against last year revenue of $1420 million. Earnings, after adjustments, are likely to fell by -153.45% to post an EPS of $0.31, while estimate for company’s full year earnings is $0.44 per share with a growth rate of -134.11%.