How Should Investors View Popular Inc. (BPOP) Insider Trading?


As of Friday close, Popular Inc.’s (NASDAQ:BPOP) stock was down -$1.85, moving down -3.51 percent to $50.85. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 2,776,500 shares. 2 times new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a -$10.18 fall in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 1,131,025, while in the previous 50 days, it was 754,894.

Since last month, BPOP stock retreated -28.82%. Shares of the company fell to $49.34 on 03/15/23, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $86.84 was reached on 02/17/23 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $49.34. Since the beginning of this year, BPOP’s stock price has dropped by -23.33% or -$15.47, and marked a new high 12 times. However, the stock has declined by -41.44% since its 52-week high.

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BPOP stock investors should be aware that Popular Inc. (BPOP) stock had its last reported insider trading activity 204 days ago on Aug 26. VAZQUEZ CARLOS J, the Executive Vice President & CFO of the company, disposed of 9,635 shares for $80.38 on Aug 26. It resulted in a $774,461 divestment by the insider. Garcia Jorge J. sold 1,383 shares at an average price of $80.22 on Aug 26. The insider now owns 9,299 shares following the transaction. On Aug 17, Executive Vice President SEPULVEDA ELI sold 5,000 shares at $81.09 apiece. The transaction was valued at $405,470.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, Popular Inc. (BPOP) has a P/E ratio of about 3.46. The stock’s beta is 0.89. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 1.51, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 0.90, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 4.96 may also be considered.

The latest dividend of $0.55 per share was paid out, remained unchanged from last year’s $0.55.

Financial Health

According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending December 30 was 0.13. In the year ended December 30, operating margins totaled 84.50%. Based on annual data, BPOP earned $2.17 billion in gross profit and brought in $2.47 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 42.50%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 26.50%.

In Popular Inc.’s quarter-end financial report for December 30, it reported total debt of $886.71 million. According to the earnings report, the company had a higher net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. While analysts expected Popular Inc. to report $2.62 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $3.56 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 35.90%. The value of shareholders’ equity is $71.87 million.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Popular Inc.’s (BPOP) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 46.23%, the RSI 9-day stood at 12.06% on 17 March.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Popular Inc. price is down by -16.68% percent or -$10.18. At present, BPOP shares trade -28.90% below its 20-day simple moving average and -29.75% percent below its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately -24.25% below its SMA50 and -37.77% below its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 10.53% and Stochastic coefficient D was 10.14%, while ATR was 3.50. Given the Stochastic reading of 6.58% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 16.78%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at -6.00, while the 14-day reading stands at -10.46.

Analyst Ratings

Popular Inc. downgraded its rating on Popular Inc. (NASDAQ: BPOP) to a Neutral in a note to investors on March 15, 2023. The analysts firm previously had a Buy rating on the stock.Popular Inc. (BPOP) has been rated Overweight by analysts. According to 0 brokerage firms, BPOP is a sell, and 2 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 0 analysts who say the stock is underweight. A total of 0 analysts rate Popular Inc. stock as buy, with 4 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $75.00, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $57.00 – $94.00. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Popular Inc. (BPOP) will achieve an average price target of $75.83.


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