What Baxter International Inc. (BAX) Insiders Are Up To

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) finished Thursday with a subtraction of -$0.28 to close at $80.58, a downside of -0.35 percent. An average of 3,012,940 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a gain of $0.15 in the past week. The last 20 days have seen an average of 2,964,690 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 3,628,180.

BAX stock has decreased by -2.63% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $79.67 on 10/06/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 04/23/21, shares of the company touched a low of $73.12 and a high of $88.32 in 52 weeks. In spite of this, the price is down -8.76% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

67 days have passed since Baxter International Inc. (BAX) last reported insider trading activity. Martin Sean, who is SVP and General Counsel, most recently acquired $19,800 shares at $77.26 per share on Aug 02. In this transaction, the insider spent $1,529,748. SVP, President, APAC, Frye Andrew, disposed of 10,999 shares at a price of $84.79 on Apr 12. The insider now owns more than $932,605 worth of shares. Prior to that, Director STROUCKEN ALBERT P L went on to Sale 4,990 shares at $84.56 each on Apr 05. An amount of $421,954 was transacted.

Valuation Metrics

Baxter International Inc. (BAX) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 36.95, which compares with the 26.30 for the broader industry and 32.11 for the sector. This means investors are optimistic about the stock’s future prospects. In the last five years, Baxter International Inc.’s PE ratio has ranged between 56.02 and 4.891. The stock’s beta is 0.61. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 3.27, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 4.77, and the price-to-cash flow ratio at 46.62.

Baxter International Inc. pays a $1.12 dividend per share annually. It offers a dividend yield of 1.39%. The company has a payout ratio of 45.90%. The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment took place on Oct. 1, and it was $0.28 a share, without any change from last year. Its dividend has been increased for the last 1 consecutive years with the latest increase dividend $0.0350 reported on Monday May 3 2021. Dividends have grown by 56.56% each year over the last three years.

Baxter International Inc. will next go ex-dividend on 6-Dec. The next dividend payment Baxter International Inc. will make is expected to be $0.28.

The quick ratio of Baxter International Inc. for the three months ended June 29 was 1.80, and the current ratio was 2.40, indicating that the company is able to meet its debt obligations. Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 0.67 and a total debt to equity ratio of 0.73 For the recent quarter ending June 29. On the profitability front, the trailing 12-month gross margin is 39.60% against a 5-year average of 41.4%. Baxter International Inc.’s EBITDA margin for the year ending June 29 is 22.62%, while its operating margin for the same period stands at 12.60%. Its gross profit as reported stood at $4.59 billion compared to revenue of $11.67 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, Baxter International Inc.’s return on assets was 5.70%, compared to 10.4% over the last five years. In the past year, the return on investment has been 8.60%, and the 5-year average is 14.6%. Meanwhile, the return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months has been 13.10% and the 5-year average holds at 21.8%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 3.96 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

The analyst consensus anticipated Baxter International Inc.’s latest quarter earnings to come in at $0.75 per share, but it turned out to be $0.8, a 6.70% surprise. For the recent quarter, EBITDA amounted to $646.0 million. Shareholders own equity worth $499.91 million.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at Baxter International Inc. (BAX) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 07 October was 47.29%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with historical volatility in this time frame at 14.50%.

As of today, BAX’s price is $80.80 +0.19% or $0.15 from its 5-day moving average. BAX is currently trading -1.40% lower than its 20-day SMA and -2.74% lower than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is -1.62% below the SMA50 and +1.94% above the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 27.46% and 25.62%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 1.49. With the 14-day stochastic at 25.56% and the average true range at 1.48, the RSI (14) stands at 50.56%. The stock has reached -0.07 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at -0.27.

Analyst Ratings

Cowen upgraded Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX) to a an Outperform rating in its most recent analyst report. Previously, the stock was rated as a a Market perform.The consensus rating for Baxter International Inc. (BAX) among analysts is Overweight. According to current brokerage recommendations, 0 brokerage firms advise that investors sell BAX, while 6 suggest investors hold. There are 0 analysts who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 2 analysts, while 9 others rate it as a “buy”.

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

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $82.00 and $105.00, with a median target of $95.50. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for Baxter International Inc. (BAX) stock is $94.57.


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