How Albertsons Companies Inc. (ACI) Works From A Technical Perspective

Albertsons Companies Inc. (NYSE:ACI) trading with a subtraction of -$0.65 to $27.35 on Friday, a downside of -2.32 percent. An average of 1,220,643 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a fall of -$2.71 in the past week. The last 20 days have seen an average of 1,363,661 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 1,525,162.

ACI stock has decreased by -12.58% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $26.77 on 10/08/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 09/07/21, shares of the company touched a low of $13.85 and a high of $34.09 in 52 weeks. In spite of this, the price is down -19.77% from the 52-week high.

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Valuation Metrics

Albertsons Companies Inc. (ACI) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 22.93, which compares with the 17.20 for the broader industry and 24.59 for the sector. This means investors are optimistic about the stock’s future prospects. In the last five years, Albertsons Companies Inc.’s PE ratio has ranged between 30.45 and 7.584. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 0.20, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 7.67, and the price-to-cash flow ratio at 13.19.

Albertsons Companies Inc. pays a $0.40 dividend per share annually. It offers a dividend yield of 1.47%. The company has a payout ratio of 6.60%. The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment took place on Aug. 10, and it was $0.10 a share, without any change from last year. Its latest decrease dividend $47.90 reported on Tuesday January 12 2021.

Albertsons Companies Inc. will next go ex-dividend on 25-Oct. The next dividend payment Albertsons Companies Inc. will make is expected to be $0.10.

The quick ratio of Albertsons Companies Inc. for the three months ended May 30 was 0.50, and the current ratio was 1.10, indicating that the company is able to meet its debt obligations. Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 4.80 and a total debt to equity ratio of 4.92 for the quarter ending May 30. On the profitability front, the trailing 12-month gross margin is 29.10% against a 5-year average of 28.1%. Its gross profit as reported stood at $20.41 billion compared to revenue of $69.69 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, Albertsons Companies Inc.’s return on assets was 2.70%, compared to 0.9% over the last five years. In the past year, the return on investment has been 13.00%, and the 5-year average is 5.5%. Meanwhile, the return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months has been 48.10% and the 5-year average holds at 11.9%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 11.26 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

The analyst consensus anticipated Albertsons Companies Inc.’s latest quarter earnings to come in at $0.68 per share, but it turned out to be $0.89, a 30.90% surprise. For the quarter, EBITDA amounted to $1.38 billion. Shareholders own equity worth $466.54 million.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at Albertsons Companies Inc. (ACI) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 07 October was 27.39%, suggesting the stock is oversold, with historical volatility in this time frame at 35.87%.

As of today, ACI’s price is $28.60 -9.10% or -$2.71 from its 5-day moving average. ACI is currently trading -9.89% lower than its 20-day SMA and +39.63% higher than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is +25.22% above the SMA50 and +71.16% above the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 4.98% and 12.19%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 1.32. With the 14-day stochastic at 5.15% and the average true range at 1.29, the RSI (14) stands at 36.12%. The stock has reached -1.89 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at -2.32.

Analyst Ratings

BMO Capital Markets downgraded Albertsons Companies Inc. (NYSE: ACI) to a an Underperform rating in its most recent analyst report. Previously, the stock was rated as a a Market perform.The consensus rating for Albertsons Companies Inc. (ACI) among analysts is Overweight. According to current brokerage recommendations, 2 brokerage firms advise that investors sell ACI, while 7 suggest investors hold. There are 0 analysts who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 0 analysts, while 11 others rate it as a “buy”.

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

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $20.00 and $38.00, with a median target of $29.50. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for Albertsons Companies Inc. (ACI) stock is $29.22.


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