Is Buying Stock In Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (HLF) A Good Move Today?

Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) saw an upside of 2.17% to close Friday at $43.30 after adding $0.92 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 1,106,340 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $45.28 in the past week and touched a new high 1 time within the past 5 days. An average of 2,024,700 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 1,217,464.

HLF’s 1-month performance is -16.36% or -$8.47 on its low of $41.31 reached on 09/15/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $41.31 and high of $59.00, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 02/10/21. YTD, HLF has lost -9.89% or -$4.75 and has reached a new high 10 times. However, the current price is down -26.61%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On May 24, 131 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (HLF). Tartol John (Director) most recently sold 5,000 shares at $51.62 per share on May 24. This transaction cost the insider $258,090. EVP, WW Affairs & Latin Am., LEVY ROBERT, sold 11,128 shares at a price of $55.46 on Feb 16. Then, on Feb 10, Chief Operating Officer PEZZULLO DAVID sold 34,683 shares at a price of $57.75 per share. This transaction amounted to $2,003,010.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 56.30 and a low of 9.913. HLF stock has a beta of 0.96. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 0.83 while the price to cash flow ratio at 12.41.

Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.’s quick ratio for the period ended September 29 was 1.00, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.50 meaning that HLF stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 78.80%The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 15.25% while for the period ending September 29; Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.’s operating margin was 13.60%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $4.39 billion against revenue of $5.54 billion.

The effectiveness of a company’s management is also important for investors when it comes to determining the potential profitability of the investment. Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.’s return on assets over the past 12 months stands at 17.30%. Return on investment over the past year is 31.60%, while its return on equity (ROE) trailing 12 months is -45.50%.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending September 29 this year, Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected HLF to announce $0.66 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.74, representing a 12.10% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $265.0 million. HLF stock balance sheet for the quarter ending September 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 4.26 billion, with total debt at $3.03 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $115.59 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (HLF) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 01 October was 36.44% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 23.44%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $43.49, reflecting a -1.41% or -$0.62 change from its current price. HLF is currently trading -16.70% above its 20-day SMA, -15.31% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -14.91% and -8.61% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 17.96% and 17.85% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 1.60. The RSI (14) points at 36.70%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 25.58% with the period’s ATR at 1.62. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at -0.44 and -0.31 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (NYSE: HLF), B. Riley Securities launched coverage with a Buy rating. Analysts offering their rating for HLF stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Buy. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate HLF as a “sell,”, while 0 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 0 rates the stock as overweight while 6 have offered a “buy” rating.

What is HLF’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $52.00 and a high of $65.00, with their median price target at $63.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Herbalife Nutrition Ltd. (HLF) stock is $60.75.


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