Does Wall Street Rate Hostess Brands Inc. (TWNK) Shares A Sell?


As of Friday close, Hostess Brands Inc.’s (NASDAQ:TWNK) stock was down -$0.86, moving down -3.40 percent to $24.40. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 1,690,240 shares. 2 times new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a $0.27 gain in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 1,157,870, while in the previous 50 days, it was 971,558.

Since last month, TWNK stock rose 7.21%. Shares of the company fell to $22.35 on 02/21/23, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $29.00 was reached on 03/14/23 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $19.00. Since the beginning of this year, TWNK’s stock price has risen by 8.73% or $1.96, and marked a new high 9 times. However, the stock has declined by -15.86% since its 52-week high.

Do You Know The Best Place To Find Gains In Volatile Markets?

In today's chaotic marketplace, the biggest gains will come from some currently-small companies that pass by older, larger businesses still stuck in a pre-pandemic world. The trick is figuring out which small caps will be tomorrow's winners. That's why StockWire News has put together a special Wealth Building Report, highlighting 3 small cap stocks set to soar in 2023.

Click here for full details and to join for free.


TWNK stock investors should be aware that Hostess Brands Inc. (TWNK) stock had its last reported insider trading activity 295 days ago on May 27. Gernigin Michael, the of the company, disposed of 7,060 shares for $21.38 on May 27. It resulted in a $150,975 divestment by the insider. Cramer Michael John sold 25,000 shares at an average price of $22.15 on May 11. The insider now owns 43,408 shares following the transaction.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, Hostess Brands Inc. (TWNK) has a P/E ratio of about 20.49. The stock’s beta is 0.64. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 2.40, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 1.82, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 25.20 may also be considered.

Financial Health

In the three months ended December 30, Hostess Brands Inc.’s quick ratio stood at 1.30, while its current ratio was 1.60, showing that the company is able to pay off its debt. According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending December 30 was 0.56, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 0.56. On the profitability front, the trailing twelve-month gross margin is 34.30% percent. In the year ended December 30, operating margins totaled 16.20%. Based on annual data, TWNK earned $465.68 million in gross profit and brought in $1.36 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 6.20%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 9.20%.

In Hostess Brands Inc.’s quarter-end financial report for December 30, it reported total debt of $999.09 million against cash and short-term investments of $17.91 million. According to the earnings report, the company had a lower net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. TWNK’s revenue rose 12.46% to $346.23 million during the quarter, while net income inched up to $339.46 million. While analysts expected Hostess Brands Inc. to report $0.24 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $0.25 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 4.20%. During the quarter, the company generated $72.75 million in EBITDA. The liabilities of Hostess Brands Inc. were 1.7 billion at the end of its most recent quarter ended December 30, and its total debt was $1000.0 million. The value of shareholders’ equity is $133.47 million.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Hostess Brands Inc.’s (TWNK) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 26.15%, the RSI 9-day stood at 50.37% on 17 March.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Hostess Brands Inc. price is up by +1.12% percent or $0.27. At present, TWNK shares trade +8.88% above its 20-day simple moving average and -2.13% percent below its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately +7.58% above its SMA50 and +14.82% above its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 63.87% and Stochastic coefficient D was 67.93%, while ATR was 0.67. Given the Stochastic reading of 35.93% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 53.62%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at 0.35, while the 14-day reading stands at 0.30.

Analyst Ratings

Hostess Brands Inc. downgraded its rating on Hostess Brands Inc. (NASDAQ: TWNK) to an Equal-weight in a note to investors on December 20, 2022. The analysts firm previously had an Overweight rating on the stock.Hostess Brands Inc. (TWNK) has been rated Overweight by analysts. According to 0 brokerage firms, TWNK is a sell, and 3 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 0 analysts who say the stock is underweight. A total of 0 analysts rate Hostess Brands Inc. stock as buy, with 8 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $29.50, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $25.00 – $32.00. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Hostess Brands Inc. (TWNK) will achieve an average price target of $28.90.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here