This Week’s Hot Stock: Baidu Inc. (BIDU)

The stock of Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ:BIDU) decreased by -$0.96 on Monday to $123.51, down -0.77 percent. The last five days have seen an average of 2,570,435 shares of common stock traded. 10 times new highs were reached in the current year, with a fall of -$24.69. The average number of shares traded over the last 20 days was 3,020,784, while the average volume over the last 50 days totaled 4,477,129.

BIDU stock appreciated 7.33% since last month. On 05/12/22, the company’s shares reached a one-month low of $101.62. The stock touched a high of $209.17 on 02/17/22, after rallying from a low of $101.62 in 52 weeks. The price of BIDU stock has declined by -16.35% or -$24.69 this year, reaching a new high 10 times. Still, the stock price is down -40.95% from the 52-week high.

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Valuation Metrics

Baidu Inc. (BIDU) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 29.47. Beta for the stock is 0.87. There are also a few other valuation ratios worth considering, including the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 2.35, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 1.36.

Financial Health

For the three months ended September 29, Baidu Inc.’s quick ratio was 2.90, while its current ratio was 2.90, indicating its ability to pay off its debt. The company’s long-term debt to equity ratio for the quarter ending September 29 is 0.32, and the total debt to equity ratio is 0.39. As far as profitability goes, gross margin for the trailing twelve months is 48.30% percent. Baidu Inc.’s EBITDA margin for the year ended September 29 was 13.41%, whereas its operating margin stood at 8.40% for the same period. Based on annual data, it had gross profit of $9.44 billion and revenue of $19.54 billion.

Investors will also look at the performance of the company’s management in order to determine the potential profitability of their investment. BIDU’s return on assets (ROA) during the last 12 months has been 2.60%. There was a 1.00% return on investment (ROI) in the past year. In the meantime, the return on equity (ROE) for the last 12 months was 4.50%.

Earnings Surprise

According to Baidu Inc.’s quarterly financial report for the quarter that ended September 29, it had $8.75 billion in total debt versus $22.48 billion in cash and short-term investments. A higher net income was reported in the quarter under review than the previous quarter. Net income for the quarter came in at $19.54 billion, while revenues rose by 16.0% to $0.0. It was predicted that Baidu Inc.’s quarterly earnings would be $2.3, but it ended up being $2.01, beating the consensus by 14.40%. EBITDA was $331.0 million for the quarter. At the end of Baidu Inc.’s most recent quarter ended September 29, its liabilities totaled 25.61 billion, while its total debt was $91.51 billion.

Technical Picture

Here’s a quick look at Baidu Inc.’s (BIDU) price momentum from a technical perspective. As of 20 May, the RSI 9-day stood at 55.93%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with a 55.17% historical volatility rate.

The stochastic %K and %D were 74.83% and 68.25% respectively, while the average true range (ATR) was 7.25. Based on the 14-day stochastic reading of 73.08%, the RSI (14) reading is 51.52%. On the 9-day MACD Oscillator, the stock is at 6.31, and the 14-day reading is at 6.62.

Analyst Ratings

In its most recent analyst report, JP Morgan raised its rating on Baidu Inc. (NASDAQ: BIDU) to a Neutral. Prior to this, analysts firm rated the stock as an Underweight. Analysts have assigned Baidu Inc. (BIDU) an Buy rating. BIDU is a stock that is recommended for selling by 0 brokerage firms, while 6 companies recommend holding. The stock is underweighted by 1 analyst. Among the analysts who rate the stock, 5 rates it overweight and 31 others recommend it as a buy.

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

The current consensus forecast for the stock is between $847.81 and $2117.05, with a median target price of $1332.35. In analyzing these forecasts, the average price target given by analysts for Baidu Inc. (BIDU) is $1344.17.


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