How ViacomCBS Inc. (VIAC) Works From A Technical Perspective

ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ:VIAC) traded with a subtraction of -$0.69 to $38.88 on Wednesday, a downside of -1.74 percent. An average of 6,611,828 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a fall of -$1.11 in the past week. The last 20 days have seen an average of 8,659,812 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 10,178,831.

VIAC stock has decreased by -4.14% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $38.12 on 09/20/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 03/15/21, shares of the company touched a low of $27.01 and a high of $101.97 in 52 weeks. In spite of this, the price is down -61.87% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

20 days have passed since ViacomCBS Inc. (VIAC) last reported insider trading activity. TERRELL FREDERICK, who is Director, most recently acquired $5,000 shares at $40.10 per share on Sep 16. In this transaction, the insider spent $200,500. EVP, Pub Pol’y & Gov Relations, Lea DeDe, disposed of 23,099 shares at a price of $86.70 on Mar 11. The insider now owns more than $2,002,729 worth of shares. Prior to that, EVP, General Tax Counsel Jones Richard M went on to Sale 40,285 shares at $80.62 each on Mar 10. An amount of $3,247,700 was transacted.

Valuation Metrics

ViacomCBS Inc. (VIAC) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 7.86, which compares with the 19.30 for the broader industry and 30.34 for the sector. This means investors are optimistic about the stock’s future prospects. In the last five years, ViacomCBS Inc.’s PE ratio has ranged between 204.73 and 2.104. The stock’s beta is 1.66. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 0.97, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 1.27, and the price-to-cash flow ratio at 12.70.

Financial Health

The quick ratio of ViacomCBS Inc. for the three months ended June 29 was 1.60, and the current ratio was 1.80, indicating that the company is able to meet its debt obligations. Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 0.88 and a total debt to equity ratio of 0.88 for the quarter ending June 29. On the profitability front, the trailing 12-month gross margin is 40.60% against a 5-year average of 40.4%. ViacomCBS Inc.’s EBITDA margin for the year ending June 29 is 63.35%, while its operating margin for the same period stands at 17.20%. Its gross profit as reported stood at $10.29 billion compared to revenue of $25.29 billion.

For investors, determining the potential profitability of the investment also depends on the performance of the company’s management. In the past 12 months, ViacomCBS Inc.’s return on assets was 6.30%, compared to 7.6% over the last five years. In the past year, the return on investment has been 9.90%, and the 5-year average is 15.7%. Meanwhile, the return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months has been 19.40% and the 5-year average holds at 41.9%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 4.77 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

The analyst consensus anticipated ViacomCBS Inc.’s latest quarter earnings to come in at $0.96 per share, but it turned out to be $0.97, a 1.00% surprise. For the quarter, EBITDA amounted to $1.32 billion. Shareholders own equity worth $646.52 million.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at ViacomCBS Inc. (VIAC) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 05 October was 41.15%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with historical volatility in this time frame at 23.20%.

As of today, VIAC’s price is $39.42 -2.77% or -$1.11 from its 5-day moving average. VIAC is currently trading -4.64% lower than its 20-day SMA and +0.26% higher than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is -5.64% below the SMA50 and +10.64% above the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 36.17% and 42.43%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 1.01. With the 14-day stochastic at 28.97% and the average true range at 1.07, the RSI (14) stands at 43.61%. The stock has reached -0.53 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at -0.39.

Analyst Ratings

Wells Fargo upgraded ViacomCBS Inc. (NASDAQ: VIAC) to a an Overweight rating in its most recent analyst report. Previously, the stock was rated as a an Equal weight.The consensus rating for ViacomCBS Inc. (VIAC) among analysts is Overweight. According to current brokerage recommendations, 4 brokerage firms advise that investors sell VIAC, while 10 suggest investors hold. There are 0 analysts who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 2 analysts, while 11 others rate it as a “buy”.

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

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $33.00 and $90.00, with a median target of $50.00. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for ViacomCBS Inc. (VIAC) stock is $52.60.


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