Weekly Performance Analysis for Nasdaq Inc. (NDAQ)

Nasdaq Inc. (NASDAQ:NDAQ) saw an upside of 0.37% to close Friday at $193.73 after adding $0.71 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 988,180 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $197.33 in the past week and touched a new high 2 times within the past 5 days. An average of 699,150 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 616,990.

NDAQ’s 1-month performance is -2.14% or -$4.23 on its low of $188.51 reached on 09/20/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $119.76 and high of $199.88, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 09/09/21. YTD, NDAQ has achieved 45.95% or $60.99 and has reached a new high 65 times. However, the current price is down -3.08%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Sep 13, 19 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Nasdaq Inc. (NDAQ). SKULE JEREMY (Executive Vice President) most recently sold 865 shares at $196.65 per share on Sep 13. This transaction cost the insider $170,102. Executive Vice President, Griggs PC Nelson, sold 1,000 shares at a price of $196.01 on Aug 31. Then, on Aug 25, Executive Vice President Griggs PC Nelson sold 1,000 shares at a price of $191.57 per share. This transaction amounted to $191,570.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 116.42 and a low of 15.74. NDAQ stock has a beta of 0.84. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 5.42 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 4.77, with the price to cash flow ratio at 87.96.

Nasdaq Inc. pays an annual dividend of $2.16 per share. Its dividend yield is 1.11% and the payout ratio is 29.30%. NDAQ’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Sep. 24, when it paid $0.54 a share compared with prior rate of $0.54, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 9 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.05 reported on Wednesday April 21 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 32.88% yearly.

It is projected that Nasdaq Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 10-Dec. NDAQ is expected to distribute $0.54 as its next dividend.

Nasdaq Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 1.00, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.00 meaning that NDAQ stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.82, while the total debt to equity was 0.86. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 53.90% while for the period ending June 29; Nasdaq Inc.’s operating margin was 24.70%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $1.23 billion against revenue of $5.63 billion.

The effectiveness of a company’s management is also important for investors when it comes to determining the potential profitability of the investment. Nasdaq Inc.’s return on assets over the past 12 months stands at 6.50%. Return on investment over the past year is 8.00%, while its return on equity (ROE) trailing 12 months is 17.70%. In comparison, the average ROE for the broader industry over the past year is 8.37.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Nasdaq Inc.’s cash and short-term investments amounted to $235.0 million against total debt of $6.14 billion. Net income and sales went down compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected NDAQ to announce $1.75 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $1.9, representing a 8.60% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $444.0 million. NDAQ stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that, with total debt at $6.14 billion

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Nasdaq Inc. (NDAQ) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 01 October was 48.86% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 18.16%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $193.50, reflecting a -1.55% or -$3.05 change from its current price. NDAQ is currently trading -2.11% above its 20-day SMA, +21.29% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by +4.53% and +52.20% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 53.33% and 46.80% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 3.43. The RSI (14) points at 50.65%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 59.16% with the period’s ATR at 3.24. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at -0.45 and -0.49 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

Analysts offering their rating for NDAQ stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 1 brokerage advisors rate NDAQ as a “sell,”, while 7 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 2 rates the stock as overweight while 6 have offered a “buy” rating.

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

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $175.00 and a high of $222.00, with their median price target at $199.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Nasdaq Inc. (NDAQ) stock is $199.67.


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