Value gained By J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT) In The Past Week: $197.71

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (NASDAQ:JBHT) finished Friday with an addition of $1.72 to close at $195.66, an upside of 0.89 percent. An average of 656,260 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a gain of $5.11 in the past week, and it reached a new high 36 times over the past 12 months. The last 20 days have seen an average of 583,140 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 518,652.

JBHT stock has increased by 14.54% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $163.74 on 10/01/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 10/22/21, shares of the company touched a low of $119.22 and a high of $196.06 in 52 weeks. It has reached a new high 22 times so far this year and achieved 43.18% or $59.01 in price. In spite of this, the price is down -0.20% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

50 days have passed since J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT) last reported insider trading activity. Scott Stuart Lockard, who is EVP/CIO, most recently acquired $1,757 shares at $183.34 per share on Sep 03. In this transaction, the insider spent $322,132. EVP & Pres Highway Services, Hicks Bradley W., disposed of 500 shares at a price of $179.19 on Aug 27. The insider now owns more than $89,595 worth of shares. Prior to that, EVP Highway Services McGee Eric went on to Sale 1,300 shares at $165.53 each on Jul 26. An amount of $215,189 was transacted.

Valuation Metrics

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 34.93, which compares with the 18.35 for the broader industry and 29.83 for the sector. In the last five years, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.’s PE ratio has ranged between 35.73 and 12.47. The stock’s beta is 1.04. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 1.76, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 7.38, and the price-to-cash flow ratio at 42.75.

J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. pays a $1.20 dividend per share annually. It offers a dividend yield of 0.61%. The company has a payout ratio of 21.00%. The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment was $0.30 a share, without any change from last year. Its dividend has been increased for the last 8 consecutive years with the latest increase dividend $0.02 reported on Thursday April 22 2021.Dividends have grown by 17.39% each year over the last three years.

Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 0.47 and a total debt to equity ratio of 0.47 for the quarter ending June 29. J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.’s EBITDA margin for the year ending June 29 is 13.40%, while its operating margin for the same period stands at 7.10%. Its gross profit as reported stood at $3.99 billion compared to revenue of $9.64 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, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.’s return on assets was 9.10%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 13.58 over the past year.

Earnings Surprise

For the three-month period that ended June 29, J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. had $1.3 billion in total debt. In the quarter under review, the net income was up than the previous quarter. The company posted a net income of $172.16 million in the quarter, while revenues of $146.61 million were grew 29.31%. The analyst consensus anticipated J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.’s latest quarter earnings to come in at $1.57 per share, but it turned out to be $1.61, a 2.50% surprise.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 22 October was 79.38%, suggesting the stock is Overbought, with historical volatility in this time frame at 38.61%.

As of today, JBHT’s price is $192.99 +2.68% or $5.11 from its 5-day moving average. JBHT is currently trading +12.61% higher than its 20-day SMA and +15.03% higher than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is +13.00% above the SMA50 and +31.78% above the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 95.07% and 94.68%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 4.87. With the 14-day stochastic at 93.50% and the average true range at 4.68, the RSI (14) stands at 73.52%. The stock has reached 9.04 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at 14.38.

Analyst Ratings

Vertical Research downgraded J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (NASDAQ: JBHT) to a a Hold rating in its most recent analyst report. Previously, the stock was rated as a Buy. The consensus rating for J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT) among analysts is Overweight. According to current brokerage recommendations, 2 brokerage firms advise that investors sell JBHT, while 13 suggest investors hold. There are 0 analysts who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 2 analysts, while 8 others rate it as a “buy”.

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

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $157.00 and $216.00, with a median target of $195.00. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. (JBHT) stock is $193.05.


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