A Technical View of the PepsiCo Inc. (PEP)

PepsiCo Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP) saw an upside of 0.13% to close Monday at $156.24 after adding $0.21 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 4,626,340 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $157.75 in the past week. An average of 4,437,700 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 3,834,870.

PEP’s 1-month performance is 0.50% or $0.78 on its low of $149.48 reached on 10/04/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $128.32 and high of $159.63, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 08/20/21. YTD, PEP has achieved 5.35% or $7.94. However, the current price is down -2.12%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Aug 06, 67 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for PepsiCo Inc. (PEP). Flavell David (EVP, Gen Counsel & Corp Sec) most recently sold 2,000 shares at $154.39 per share on Aug 06. This transaction cost the insider $308,785. SVP and Controller, Gallagher Marie T., sold 7,409 shares at a price of $155.70 on Jul 19. Then, on May 07, CEO, Europe Popovici Silviu sold 20,000 shares at a price of $145.40 per share. This transaction amounted to $2,907,906.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 36.57 and a low of 12.20. PEP stock has a beta of 0.62. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 2.82 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 13.61, with the price to cash flow ratio at 230.59.

PepsiCo Inc. pays an annual dividend of $4.30 per share. Its dividend yield is 2.75% and the payout ratio is 71.20%. PEP’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Sep. 30, when it paid $1.0750 a share compared with prior rate of $1.0750, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 49 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.0525 reported on Tuesday May 4 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 26.99% yearly.

It is projected that PepsiCo Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 2-Dec-2021. PEP is expected to distribute $1.075 as its next dividend.

PepsiCo Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended September 29 was 0.80, with the current ratio over the same period at 0.90 meaning that PEP stock is not able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending September 29 was 2.33, while the total debt to equity was 2.60. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 53.90%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 18.42% while for the period ending September 29; PepsiCo Inc.’s operating margin was 14.60%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $38.58 billion against revenue of $70.37 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending September 29 this year, PepsiCo Inc.’s cash and short-term investments amounted to $344.0 million against total debt of $41.26 billion. Net income and sales went up compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected PEP to announce $1.73 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $1.79, representing a 3.50% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $3.81 billion. PEP stock balance sheet for the quarter ending September 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 77.26 billion, with total debt at $41.26 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $1.38 billion

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 11 October was 63.41% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 15.58%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $154.94, reflecting a +4.02% or $6.04 change from its current price. PEP is currently trading +0.31% above its 20-day SMA, +7.43% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -0.45% and +8.19% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 81.50% and 75.57% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 2.36. The RSI (14) points at 58.01%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 81.74% with the period’s ATR at 2.25. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 3.05 and 3.03 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for PepsiCo Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP), Credit Suisse downgraded it to a Neutral rating. They previously had an Outperform rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for PEP stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate PEP as a “sell,”, while 10 advise that investors “Hold.” 1 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 1 rates the stock as overweight while 11 have offered a “buy” rating.

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

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $140.00 and a high of $185.00, with their median price target at $168.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) stock is $166.42.


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