NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) Stock: Should Investors Follow These Insider Trades?

NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE:NRG) saw an upside of 0.20% to close Tuesday at $40.96 after adding $0.08 on the day. The 5-day average trading volume is 1,582,580 shares of the company’s common stock. It has gained $42.00 in the past week. An average of 1,908,060 shares of the company has been traded in the last 20 days, and the 50-day average volume stands at 1,926,928.

NRG’s 1-month performance is -7.10% or -$2.51 on its low of $39.84 reached on 10/01/21. The company’s shares have touched a 52-week low of $30.47 and high of $46.10, with the stock’s rally to the 52-week high happening on 08/26/21. YTD, NRG has achieved 9.08% or $3.41. However, the current price is down -11.15%% from the 52-week high price.

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Insider Transactions

On Aug 16, 58 days have gone by since the last insider trading activity for NRG Energy Inc. (NRG). Callen David (Sr VP & Chief Accounting Offic) most recently sold 7,000 shares at $43.26 per share on Aug 16. This transaction cost the insider $302,820. Sr VP & Chief Accounting Offic, Callen David, sold 13,300 shares at a price of $40.08 on Jul 01. Then, on Jan 04, Sr VP, Business Solutions Gaudette Robert J sold 11,197 shares at a price of $36.91 per share. This transaction amounted to $413,281.

Valuation Metrics

The company’s PE ratio for the last five years has touched a high of 52.25 and a low of 1.310. NRG stock has a beta of 0.87. Moving on to other valuation ratios, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio is 0.55 while the price-to-book (PB) in the most recent quarter is 3.95, with the price to cash flow ratio at 10.42.

NRG Energy Inc. pays an annual dividend of $1.30 per share. Its dividend yield is 3.17% and the payout ratio is 28.60%. NRG’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was made on Aug. 16, when it paid $0.3250 a share compared with prior rate of $0.3250, down 0.0% from last year’s. The company has boosted its dividend for the last 2 consecutive years with the latest dividend increase of $0.0250 reported on Thursday January 21 2021. Measured over the last 3 years, the Dividend has been growing by 900.00% yearly.

It is projected that NRG Energy Inc.’s next ex-dividend date will be on 29-Oct-2021. NRG is expected to distribute $0.325 as its next dividend.

NRG Energy Inc.’s quick ratio for the period ended June 29 was 1.20, with the current ratio over the same period at 1.20 meaning that NRG stock is able to fulfill its debt obligations. As well, the company’s long term debt to equity for the quarter ending June 29 was 3.42, while the total debt to equity was 3.46. In terms of profitability, the gross margin trailing 12 months is 25.90%. The trailing 12-month EBITDA margin is 20.66% while for the period ending June 29; NRG Energy Inc.’s operating margin was 10.30%. The firm’s gross profit as reported stood at $1.1 billion against revenue of $9.09 billion.

Earnings Surprise

For the quarterly period ending June 29 this year, Net income and sales went down compared to those figures reported in the previous quarter. Analysts expected NRG to announce $1.38 per share in earnings in its latest quarter, but it posted $4.4, representing a 218.80% surprise. EBITDA for the quarter stood at more than $1.75 billion. NRG stock balance sheet for the quarter ending June 29 shows that total liabilities totaled 19.07 billion, with total debt at $9.14 billion. Shareholders hold equity totaling $244.78 million

Technical Picture

Let’s look briefly at NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) price momentum from a technical analysis perspective. The 9-day relative strength index as at close on 12 October was 39.83% to suggest the stock is trending Neutral, with historical volatility in this time period at 14.36%.

The stock’s 5-day moving average is $41.09, reflecting a +0.15% or $0.06 change from its current price. NRG is currently trading -6.68% above its 20-day SMA, +20.33% above its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is away from the SMA50 and SMA200 by -0.34% and +16.76% respectively.

Stochastic %K and %D was 32.89% and 34.84% and the average true range (ATR) pointed at 0.93. The RSI (14) points at 40.82%, while the 14-day stochastic is at 29.79% with the period’s ATR at 0.94. The stock’s 9-day MACD Oscillator is pointing at 0.17 and -0.28 on the 14-day charts.

Analyst Ratings

In the most recent analyst report for NRG Energy Inc. (NYSE: NRG), Evercore ISI downgraded it to an In-line rating. They previously had an Outperform rating on the stock. Analysts offering their rating for NRG stock have a consensus rating for the stock as Overweight. Currently, 0 brokerage advisors rate NRG as a “sell,”, while 4 advise that investors “Hold.” 2 analysts have rated the stock as underweight. 0 rates the stock as overweight while 6 have offered a “buy” rating.

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

Analysts have a consensus price target ranging from a low of $42.00 and a high of $53.00, with their median price target at $47.00. Looking at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts is for NRG Energy Inc. (NRG) stock is $46.56.


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