Old Republic International Corporation (ORI) Shares: Cheap or Risky?

Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE:ORI) saw a downside of -0.41% to close Monday at $24.47 after subtracting -$0.1 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 1,697,580 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $24.83 in the past week. An average of 1,865,795 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 1,787,444.

ORI’s 1-month performance is 4.52% or -$0.43 on its low of $22.18 reached on 09/20/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $13.61 and high of $25.10, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 06/02/21. YTD, ORI has achieved 39.09% or $4.76. However, the current price is down -2.49%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Aug 27, 46 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for Old Republic International Corporation (ORI). MUELLER KARL W (Retired SrVP/CFO Eff. 06/30/21) most recently sold 45,000 shares at $26.28 per share on Aug 27. This transaction cost the insider $1,182,600. Director, ZUCARO ALDO C, sold 4,025 shares at a price of $26.53 on Aug 26. Then, on Aug 25, SrVP Secretary General Counsel DARE THOMAS sold 19,125 shares at a price of $26.61 per share. This transaction amounted to $509,010.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 155.50 and a low of 3.523. ORI stock has a beta of 0.86. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 0.92 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 1.08, with the price to cash flow ratio at 10.66.

Old Republic International Corporation pays an annual dividend of $0.88 per share. Its dividend yield is 3.60% and the payout ratio is 16.20%. ORI’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Oct. 6, when it paid $1.50 a share compared with prior rate of $0.22, up 85.33% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 12 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $1.28 reported on Friday August 13 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 10.53% yearly.

It is projected that Old Republic International Corporation’s next ex-dividend date will be on 6-Dec. ORI is expected to distribute $0.22 as its next dividend.

As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 0.23, while the total debt to equity was 0.23 while for the period ending June 29; Old Republic International Corporation’s operating margin was 13.40%.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Analysts expected ORI to announce $0.53 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $0.73, representing a 37.70% surprise. ORI stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that, with total debt at $1.59 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $305.74 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at Old Republic International Corporation (ORI) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 11 October was 64.99% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 10.91%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $24.29, reflecting a +3.82% or $0.90 change from its current price. ORI is currently trading -2.55% above its 20-day SMA, -6.21% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -0.77% and +28.18% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 87.77% and 91.39% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.49. The RSI (14) points at 56.74%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 83.18% with the period’s ATR at 0.49. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 0.68 and 0.98 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for Old Republic International Corporation (NYSE: ORI), JMP Securities downgraded it to a Mkt perform rating. They previously had a Mkt outperform rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for ORI stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate ORI as a “sell,”, while 2 advise that investors “Hold.” 0 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 0 rates the stock as overweight while 1 have offered a “buy” rating.

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

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $28.00 and a high of $28.00, with their median price target at $28.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for Old Republic International Corporation (ORI) stock is $28.00.


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