The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (IPG): Here Are Some Research Recommendations

The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (NYSE:IPG) finished Thursday with an addition of $0.32 to close at $37.72, an upside of 0.86 percent. An average of 2,825,040 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a gain of $1.05 in the past week. The last 20 days have seen an average of 3,235,305 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 3,298,966.

IPG stock has increased by 1.53% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $35.67 on 09/20/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 09/27/21, shares of the company touched a low of $17.43 and a high of $39.35 in 52 weeks. In spite of this, the price is down -4.14% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

72 days have passed since The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (IPG) last reported insider trading activity. ROTH MICHAEL ISOR, who is Executive Chairman, most recently acquired $200,000 shares at $35.27 per share on Jul 28. In this transaction, the insider spent $7,054,000. Director, GUILFOILE MARY, disposed of 12,075 shares at a price of $33.45 on May 27. The insider now owns more than $403,909 worth of shares. Prior to that, Executive Chairman ROTH MICHAEL ISOR went on to Sale 100,000 shares at $32.49 each on May 04. An amount of $3,249,000 was transacted.

Valuation Metrics

The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (IPG) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 20.00, which compares with the 19.30 for the broader industry and 30.72 for the sector. This means investors are optimistic about the stock’s future prospects. In the last five years, The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc.’s PE ratio has ranged between 34.01 and 7.497. The stock’s beta is 1.03. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 1.52, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 4.84, and the price-to-cash flow ratio at 7.74.

The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. pays a $1.08 dividend per share annually. It offers a dividend yield of 2.86%. The company has a payout ratio of 55.00%. The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment took place on Sep. 15, and it was $0.27 a share, without any change from last year. Its dividend has been increased for the last 9 consecutive years with the latest increase dividend $0.0150 reported on Wednesday February 10 2021. Dividends have grown by 41.67% each year over the last three years.

The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. will next go ex-dividend on 1-Dec. The next dividend payment The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. will make is expected to be $0.27.

The quick ratio of The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. for the three months ended June 29 was 1.00, and the current ratio was 1.00, indicating that the company is able to meet its debt obligations. Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 0.95 and a total debt to equity ratio of 1.13 For the recent quarter ending June 29. On the profitability front, the trailing 12-month gross margin is 18.80% against a 5-year average of 14.2%. The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc.’s EBITDA margin for the year ending June 29 is 14.27%, while its operating margin for the same period stands at 10.50%. Its gross profit as reported stood at $1.35 billion compared to revenue of $9.06 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, The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc.’s return on assets was 4.40%, compared to 3.9% over the last five years. In the past year, the return on investment has been 8.10%, and the 5-year average is 13.3%. Meanwhile, the return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months has been 25.90% and the 5-year average holds at 24.2%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 4.77 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

The analyst consensus anticipated The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc.’s latest quarter earnings to come in at $0.42 per share, but it turned out to be $0.7, a 66.70% surprise. For the recent quarter, EBITDA amounted to $477.5 million. Shareholders own equity worth $393.62 million.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (IPG) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 07 October was 52.70%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with historical volatility in this time frame at 28.71%.

As of today, IPG’s price is $37.69 +2.86% or $1.05 from its 5-day moving average. IPG is currently trading +2.44% higher than its 20-day SMA and +15.81% higher than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is +7.01% above the SMA50 and +61.06% above the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 55.28% and 55.10%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 1.01. With the 14-day stochastic at 55.65% and the average true range at 0.96, the RSI (14) stands at 53.17%. The stock has reached 0.06 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at 0.18.

Analyst Ratings

BofA Securities upgraded The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (NYSE: IPG) to a a Neutral rating in its most recent analyst report. Previously, the stock was rated as a an Underperform.The consensus rating for The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (IPG) among analysts is Overweight. According to current brokerage recommendations, 0 brokerage firms advise that investors sell IPG, while 5 suggest investors hold. There are 1 analyst who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 2 analysts, while 6 others rate it as a “buy”.

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

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $36.00 and $43.00, with a median target of $40.00. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for The Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (IPG) stock is $39.91.


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