This Week’s Hot Stock: AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AU)

The stock of AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE:AU) increased by increased by $0.47 on Friday to finish at $19.52, up 2.47 percent. The last five days have seen an average of 2,737,760 shares of common stock traded. 2 times new highs were reached in the current year, with a fall of -$3.10. The average number of shares traded over the last 20 days was 3,122,275, while the average volume over the last 50 days totaled 3,403,166.

AU stock appreciated 28.34% since last month. On 09/29/21, the company’s shares reached a one-month low of $14.98. The stock touched a high of $28.00 on 05/19/21, after rallying from a low of $14.57 in 52 weeks. The price of AU stock has declined by -13.70% or -$3.10 this year, reaching a new high 2 times. Still, the stock price is down -30.29% from the 52-week high.

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Valuation Metrics

AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AU) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 8.85. This level actually compares favorably with the industry at large, as the PE for the Gold industry stands at about 14.73. Further, its PE also compares favorably with the Basic Materials sector’s trailing 12 months PE ratio, which comes in at 13.81 right now. The PE ratio of AngloGold Ashanti Limited has varied between 94.00 and 7.946 in the last five years. Beta for the stock is 0.56. There are also a few other valuation ratios worth considering, including the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 1.81, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 2.15, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 16.54.

AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s dividend is $0.12 per share per year. With a dividend yield of 0.61%, AU has a payout ratio of 21.90%. On Sep. 20, the company paid $0.5252 per share in dividends, an increase of 9.3% from $0.4805 last year. A $0.0447 dividend increase was reported on Friday August 20 2021. Over the last three years, dividends have increased by -0.70%.

For the three months ended June 29, AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s quick ratio was 1.60, while its current ratio was 2.40, indicating its ability to pay off its debt. The company’s long-term debt to equity ratio for the quarter ending June 29 is 0.48, and the total debt to equity ratio is 0.55. As far as profitability goes, gross margin for the trailing twelve months is 36.50% percent. AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s EBITDA margin for the year ended June 29 was 46.26%, whereas its operating margin stood at 30.80% for the same period. Based on annual data, it had gross profit of $1.71 billion and revenue of $4.43 billion.

Investors will also look at the performance of the company’s management in order to determine the potential profitability of their investment. AU’s return on assets (ROA) during the last 12 months has been 11.70%. There was a 14.40% return on investment (ROI) in the past year. In the meantime, the return on equity (ROE) for the last 12 months was 25.30%. ROE has averaged -13.62 in the past year for the broader industry.

Earnings Surprise

According to AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s quarterly financial report for the quarter that ended June 29. Net income for the quarter came in at $4.41 billion, while revenues rose by 19.92% to $0.0. It was predicted that AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s quarterly earnings would be $0.63, but it ended up being $0.94, beating the consensus by -33.00%. At the end of AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s most recent quarter ended June 29, its liabilities totaled 3.8 billion, while its total debt was $2.1 billion.

Technical Picture

Here’s a quick look at AngloGold Ashanti Limited’s (AU) price momentum from a technical perspective. As of 22 October, the RSI 9-day stood at 78.98%, suggesting the stock is Overbought, with a 26.42% historical volatility rate.

The stochastic %K and %D were 90.53% and 90.19% respectively, while the average true range (ATR) was 0.55. Based on the 14-day stochastic reading of 87.19%, the RSI (14) reading is 73.91%. On the 9-day MACD Oscillator, the stock is at 0.34, and the 14-day reading is at 0.84.

Analyst Ratings

AngloGold Ashanti Limited (NYSE: AU) was downgraded by BMO Capital Markets to a a Market perform rating in its latest research report. The stock was previously rated as a an Outperform. Analysts have assigned AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AU) an Hold rating. AU is a stock that is recommended for selling by 1 brokerage firm, while 7 companies recommend holding. The stock is underweighted by 0 analysts. Among the analysts who rate the stock, 0 rates it overweight and 3 others recommend it as a buy.

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

The current consensus forecast for the stock is between $14.09 and $25.38, with a median target price of $20.62. In analyzing these forecasts, the average price target given by analysts for AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AU) is $19.74.


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