Huazhu Group Limited (HTHT) Is A Stock You Should Watch

As of Friday close, Huazhu Group Limited’s (NASDAQ:HTHT) stock was up $3.11, moving up 11.78 percent to $29.52. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 2,033,680 shares. 4 times new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a $2.75 gain in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 1,767,100, while in the previous 50 days, it was 2,380,436.

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Since last month, HTHT stock retreated -12.74%. Shares of the company fell to $24.82 on 05/09/22, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $59.49 was reached on 02/11/22 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $21.84. Since the beginning of this year, HTHT’s stock price has dropped by -20.45% or -$7.82, and marked a new high 11 times. However, the stock has declined by -50.38% since its 52-week high.

Valuation Metrics

The stock’s beta is 1.32. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 5.81, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 5.60.

The latest dividend of $0.40 per share was paid out, which is 17.65% more than last year’s $0.34. On Thursday March 3 2022, a $0.06 dividend increase was announced.

Financial Health

In the three months ended September 29, Huazhu Group Limited’s quick ratio stood at 0.60, while its current ratio was 0.60, showing that the company is not able to pay off its debt. According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending September 29 was 0.33, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 0.90. On the profitability front, the trailing twelve-month gross margin is 57.40% percent. In the year ended September 29, EBITDA margin amounted to 5.71%, whereas operating margins totaled 0.80%. Based on annual data, HTHT earned $236.0 million in gross profit and brought in $2.01 billion in revenue.

A company’s management is another factor that investors consider when determining the profitability of an investment. In the past year, return on investment (ROI) was 0.40%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was -4.10%.

In Huazhu Group Limited’s quarter-end financial report for September 29, it reported total debt of $559.0 million. According to the earnings report, the company had a higher net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. HTHT’s revenue rose 22.08% during the quarter, while net income inched up to $2.01 billion. While analysts expected Huazhu Group Limited to report -$0.03 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was -$0.02 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 33.30%. During the quarter, the company generated $6.0 million in EBITDA. The liabilities of Huazhu Group Limited were 8.2 billion at the end of its most recent quarter ended September 29, and its total debt was $44.56 billion.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Huazhu Group Limited’s (HTHT) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 91.59%, the RSI 9-day stood at 53.68% on 13 May.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Huazhu Group Limited price is up by +10.27% percent or $2.75. At present, HTHT shares trade -11.70% below its 20-day simple moving average and -14.46% percent below its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately -29.90% below its SMA50 and -36.15% below its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 34.06% and Stochastic coefficient D was 21.75%, while ATR was 2.20. Given the Stochastic reading of 61.80% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 48.96%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at -0.45, while the 14-day reading stands at -1.21.

Analyst Ratings

Credit Suisse upgraded its rating on Huazhu Group Limited (NASDAQ: HTHT) to an Outperform in a note to investors on March 25, 2022. The analysts firm previously had a Neutral rating on the stock.Huazhu Group Limited (HTHT) has been rated Buy by analysts. According to 0 brokerage firms , HTHT is a sell, and 0 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 0 analysts who say the stock is underweight. A total of 4 analysts rate Huazhu Group Limited stock as buy, with 15 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $295.03, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $203.93 – $337.44. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Huazhu Group Limited (HTHT) will achieve an average price target of $290.19.


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