Insider Activity Monitoring: New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (EDU)

New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE:EDU) saw a downside of -1.83% to close Friday at $2.14 after subtracting -$0.04 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 32,524,342 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $2.23 in the past week. An average of 39,710,961 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 55,892,852.

EDU’s 1-month performance is -4.89% or -$0.14 on its low of $1.78 reached on 09/20/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $1.68 and high of $19.97, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 02/16/21. YTD, EDU has lost -88.48% or -$16.44. However, the current price is down -89.29%% from the 52-week high price.

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Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 82.00 and a low of 8.416. EDU stock has a beta of 0.92. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 0.87 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 0.74.

New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended May 30 was 1.90, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.90 meaning that EDU stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending May 30 was 0.06, while the total debt to equity was 0.06. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 52.40%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 8.87% while for the period ending May 30; New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc.’s operating margin was 2.70%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $2.24 billion against revenue of $4.28 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending May 30 this year, New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc.’s cash and short-term investments amounted to $4.65 billion against total debt of $2.16 billion. Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected EDU to announce $0.03 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.04, representing a 33.30% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than -$70.57 million. EDU stock balance sheet for the quarter ending May 30 shows that total liabilities totaled 5.13 billion, with total debt at $2.16 billion

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (EDU) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 08 October was 57.60% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 76.71%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $2.09, reflecting a +2.39% or $0.05 change from its current price. EDU is currently trading +1.90% above its 20-day SMA, -82.00% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -3.17% and -87.41% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 85.56% and 80.25% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.15. The RSI (14) points at 50.36%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 78.05% with the period’s ATR at 0.17. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 0.12 and 0.15 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (NYSE: EDU), Morgan Stanley upgraded it to an Overweight rating. They previously had an Equal-weight rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for EDU stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 2 brokerage advisors rate EDU as a “sell,”, while 6 advise that investors “Hold.” 1 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 3 rates the stock as overweight while 6 have offered a “buy” rating.

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

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $1.83 and a high of $18.80, with their median price target at $3.49. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. (EDU) stock is $5.31.


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