Would It Be A Good Move Today To Buy Western Alliance Bancorporation (WAL) Stock?


At the last check on Friday, Western Alliance Bancorporation’s (NYSE:WAL) stock was up $0.38, moving up 1.07 percent to $35.81. The average number of shares traded per day over the past five days has been 3,756,199 shares. 2 times new highs have been achieved over the past 5 days, with a $1.31 gain in that time frame. In the last twenty days, the average volume was 13,094,149, while in the previous 50 days, it was 10,061,482.

Since last month, WAL stock retreated -5.66%. Shares of the company fell to $11.35 on 05/04/23, the lowest level in the past month. A 52-week high of $86.87 was reached on 02/02/23 after having rallying from a 52-week low of $7.46. Since the beginning of this year, WAL’s stock price has dropped by -39.88% or -$23.93, and marked a new high 16 times. However, the stock has declined by -58.78% since its 52-week high.

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WAL stock investors should be aware that Western Alliance Bancorporation (WAL) stock had its last reported insider trading activity 74 days ago on Mar 13. JOHNSON MARIANNE BOYD, the Director of the company, purchased of 2,475 shares for $25.79 on Mar 13. It resulted in a $63,830 investment by the insider. Bruckner Tim R sold 1,750 shares at an average price of $73.16 on Feb 21. The insider now owns 20,244 shares following the transaction. On Feb 02, Chief Accounting Officer Ardrey J. Kelly Jr. sold 3,000 shares at $80.59 apiece. The transaction was valued at $241,770.

Valuation Metrics

Right now, Western Alliance Bancorporation (WAL) has a P/E ratio of about 4.04. The stock’s beta is 1.37. Besides these, the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of 1.25, the price-to-book (PB) ratio of 0.73, and the price-to-cash flow ratio of 2.37 may also be considered.

The latest dividend of $0.36 per share was paid out, remained unchanged from last year’s $0.36. On Thursday July 28 2022, a $0.01 dividend increase was announced.

Financial Health

According to company report, the long-term debt-to-equity ratio for the quarter ending March 30 was 0.37, and the total debt-to-equity ratio was 0.37. In the year ended March 30, operating margins totaled 72.40%. Based on annual data, WAL earned $2.22 billion in gross profit and brought in $2.69 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 26.00%. Return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months was 19.20%.

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 Western Alliance Bancorporation to report $2.04 quarterly earnings, the actual figure was $2.3 per share, beating the consensus estimate by 12.70%. The value of shareholders’ equity is $109.5 million.

Technical Picture

This quick technical analysis looks at Western Alliance Bancorporation’s (WAL) price momentum. With a historical volatility rate of 73.12%, the RSI 9-day stood at 57.37% on 25 May.

With respect to its five-day moving average, the current Western Alliance Bancorporation price is up by +3.82% percent or $1.31. At present, WAL shares trade -4.01% below its 20-day simple moving average and -39.11% percent below its 100-day simple moving average. However, the stock is currently trading approximately -3.47% below its SMA50 and -56.41% below its SMA200.

Stochastic coefficient K was 76.39% and Stochastic coefficient D was 83.66%, while ATR was 3.18. Given the Stochastic reading of 74.06% for the 14-day period, the RSI (14) reading has been calculated as 53.58%. As of today, the MACD Oscillator reading stands at 0.41, while the 14-day reading stands at 3.08.

Analyst Ratings

Western Alliance Bancorporation (WAL) has been rated Buy by analysts. According to 0 brokerage firms, WAL is a sell, and 1 firms recommend it is a Hold. There are 0 analysts who say the stock is underweight. A total of 0 analysts rate Western Alliance Bancorporation stock as buy, with 14 recommending it as overweight.

With a median target price of $60.00, the current consensus forecast for the stock is $32.00 – $71.00. Based on these forecasts, analysts predict Western Alliance Bancorporation (WAL) will achieve an average price target of $57.03.


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