In the latest trading session, 6.14 million Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) shares changed hands as the company’s beta touched 0.38. With the company’s most recent per share price at $37.27 changing hands around $0.54 or 1.47% at last look, the market valuation stands at $156.69B. VZ’s current price is a discount, trading about -14.25% off its 52-week high of $42.58. The share price had its 52-week low at $30.14, which suggests the last value was 19.13% up since then. When we look at Verizon Communications Inc’s average trading volume, we note the 10-day average is 17.8 million shares, with the 3-month average coming to 22.51 million.
Analysts gave the Verizon Communications Inc (VZ) stock a consensus recommendation rating of an Overweight, calculated at a mean rating of 2.42. If we narrow down to specifics, the data shows that 1 out of 26 analysts rate the stock as a Sell, with a further 2 assigning it an Overweight rating. Of the remaining, 14 recommended VZ as a Hold, 8 felt it is a Buy and 1 rated the stock as Underweight. Verizon Communications Inc’s EPS for the current quarter is expected to be $1.08.
Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) trade information
Instantly VZ is in green as seen in intraday trades today. With action 3.87%, the performance over the past five days has been green. The jump to weekly highs of 37.45 on Monday, 11/20/23 added 1.47% to the stock’s daily price. The company’s shares are showing year-to-date downside of -5.41%, with the 5-day performance at 3.87% in the green. However, in the 30-day time frame, Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ) is 18.73% up. Looking at the short shares, we see there were 48.46 million shares sold at short interest cover period of 1.81 days.
The consensus price target for the stock as assigned by Wall Street analysts is $39.54, meaning bulls need an upside of 5.74% from its recent market value. According to analyst projections, VZ’s forecast low is $32.15 with $48.00 as the target high. To hit the forecast high, the stock’s price needs a -28.79% plunge from its current level, while the stock would need to tank 13.74% for it to hit the projected low.
Verizon Communications Inc (VZ) estimates and forecasts
Data shows that the Verizon Communications Inc share is performing relatively much not better than most of its peers within the same industry. As can be gleaned from the statistics, the company’s share value shot 2.84% over the past 6 months, a -9.27% in annual growth rate that is considerably lower than the industry average of 12.10%. Moreover, analysts have looked to lower expectations by upgrading its fiscal year 2023 revenue estimates. The rating firms predict current quarter revenue for Verizon Communications Inc will fall -9.20%, while the growth in revenue is estimated to hit -5.80% for the next quarter. Year-over-year growth is forecast to reach -2.60% down from the last financial year.
Consensus estimates given by 14 financial analysts project the company’s revenue in the current quarter to hit an average of $34.49 billion. 5 analysts are of the opinion that Verizon Communications Inc’s revenue for the quarter ending Mar 2024 will be $33.55 billion. The company’s revenue for the corresponding quarters a year ago was $35.25 billion and $32.91 billion respectively. According to analysts, the company will likely register a growth in its current quarter sales, forecast at -2.20%. The estimates for the next quarter sales put growth at 1.90%.
Looking at the company’s year-on-year earnings, data shows that the past 5-year has an earnings growth rate of -7.23%. The 2023 estimates are for Verizon Communications Inc earnings to decrease by -9.02%, but the outlook for the next 5-year period is at 0.53% per year.
Verizon Communications Inc is expected to release its next quarterly earnings report on January 23. The 7.07% annual yield figure for the share gives it an annual dividend of 2.63. It is important to note, however, that the 7.07% dividend yield ratio should serve as a guide only, as you should also take into consideration many other aspects of a company’s operations and fundamentals before making any investment decision.
Verizon Communications Inc (NYSE:VZ)’s Major holders
If we look at who the major shareholders are, we find that insiders hold 0.03% of Verizon Communications Inc shares while 63.94% of the shares are in the hands of institutional holders. The share float percentage for the stock currently stands at 63.96%. There are 63.94% institutions holding the Verizon Communications Inc stock share, with Vanguard Group Inc the top institutional holder. As of Jun 29, 2023, the company held 8.34% of the shares, roughly 350.69 million VZ shares worth $13.04 billion.
Blackrock Inc. holds the second largest percentage of outstanding shares, with 8.06% or 339.01 million shares worth $12.61 billion as of Jun 29, 2023.
Among Mutual Funds, the top two as of Jun 29, 2023 were Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund and Vanguard 500 Index Fund. With 118.04 million shares estimated at $4.39 billion under it, the former controlled 2.81% of total outstanding shares. On the other hand, Vanguard 500 Index Fund held about 2.38% of the shares, roughly 100.09 million shares worth around $3.72 billion.