The Insider Activity Of Zoetis Inc. (ZTS) Should Not Be Ignored


As of Friday close, Zoetis Inc.’s (NYSE:ZTS) stock was down -$1.84, moving down -1.11 percent to $164.47. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 2,430,600 shares. 3 times new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a $2.94 gain in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 1,959,420, while in the previous 50 days, it was 2,232,710.

Since last month, ZTS stock retreated -6.03%. Shares of the company fell to $159.85 on 03/13/23, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $201.32 was reached on 02/14/23 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $124.15. Since the beginning of this year, ZTS’s stock price has risen by 12.23% or $17.92, and marked a new high 13 times. However, the stock has declined by -18.30% since its 52-week high.

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ZTS stock investors should be aware that Zoetis Inc. (ZTS) stock had its last reported insider trading activity 32 days ago on Feb 14. Lagano Roxanne, the Executive Vice President of the company, disposed of 13,010 shares for $175.00 on Feb 14. It resulted in a $2,276,750 divestment by the insider. Lagano Roxanne sold 2,167 shares at an average price of $180.26 on Jul 22. The insider now owns 23,687 shares following the transaction. On Jul 21, Chief Executive Officer PECK KRISTIN C sold 9,689 shares at $180.00 apiece. The transaction was valued at $1,744,020.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, Zoetis Inc. (ZTS) has a P/E ratio of about 36.59. The stock’s beta is 0.77. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 9.78, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 17.39, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 110.52 may also be considered.

The latest dividend of $0.3750 per share was paid out, remained unchanged from last year’s $0.3750.

Financial Health

In the three months ended December 30, Zoetis Inc.’s quick ratio stood at 1.60, while its current ratio was 2.40, 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 1.49, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 1.79. On the profitability front, the trailing twelve-month gross margin is 69.80% percent. In the year ended December 30, operating margins totaled 32.90%. Based on annual data, ZTS earned $5.63 billion in gross profit and brought in $8.08 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 17.20%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 46.20%.

In Zoetis Inc.’s quarter-end financial report for December 30, it reported total debt of $5.21 billion. According to the earnings report, the company had a higher net income in the recent quarter than it did in the previous quarter. ZTS’s revenue rose 0.6% to $2.05 billion during the quarter, while net income inched up to $2.0 billion. While analysts expected Zoetis Inc. to report $1.05 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $1.15 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 9.50%. During the quarter, the company generated $773.0 million in EBITDA. The liabilities of Zoetis Inc. were 10.52 billion at the end of its most recent quarter ended December 30, and its total debt was $8.17 billion. The value of shareholders’ equity is $463.39 million.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Zoetis Inc.’s (ZTS) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 24.71%, the RSI 9-day stood at 45.54% on 17 March.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Zoetis Inc. price is up by +1.82% percent or $2.94. At present, ZTS shares trade -5.44% below its 20-day simple moving average and +11.72% percent above its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately +10.41% above its SMA50 and -3.78% below its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 40.69% and Stochastic coefficient D was 38.19%, while ATR was 4.26. Given the Stochastic reading of 38.10% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 47.81%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at -0.44, while the 14-day reading stands at -1.67.

Analyst Ratings

Piper Sandler launched its rating on Zoetis Inc. (NYSE: ZTS) to an Overweight in a note to investors on July 12, 2022. Zoetis Inc. (ZTS) has been rated Buy by analysts. According to 0 brokerage firms, ZTS is a sell, and 1 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 0 analysts who say the stock is underweight. A total of 3 analysts rate Zoetis Inc. stock as buy, with 12 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $220.00, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $185.00 – $260.00. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Zoetis Inc. (ZTS) will achieve an average price target of $219.00.


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