Evercore ISI Group took its Principal Financial Group [PFG] rating to the equivalent of Outperform from In-line, and the price target to $60.0 from $49, in a research note dated 2021-01-08. That figure represents around a 15.96% premium from where the company’s shares closed on Thursday. Other analysts also revised their coverage, with Goldman’s analysts downgrading the shares from “a Neutral” rating to “a Sell” rating in a research note to investors issued in mid June. In addition, there was an upgrade from UBS on April 14, 2020. The rater changed PFG from “a Sell” to “a Neutral”.
Is Principal Financial Group Inc. [NASDAQ:PFG] a Good Buy Right Now?
It should be noted that PFG technical indicators for short, intermediate as well as long term progress have placed an overall average of 100% as Buy. The average signal changed from 88% Buy in the last week and compares with 100% Buy in the past month. Data from Principal Financial Group Inc.’s Trend Spotter indicated that the signals were Strongest. The stock current average is 1.57 million shares in the past 20 days and the short term average signal indicates a 100% Buy. In the last 50 days, the average trading volume was 1.66 million shares while the medium term average advocated for 100% Buy. The average long-term signal stands at 100% Buy and the 100-day average volume stands at 1.41 million shares.
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PFG Price Performance
On Wall Street, Principal Financial Group Inc. [NASDAQ:PFG] finished Thursday’s session up 1.25% at $51.74. The stock went up to $52.09 at the same session while its lowest single day price was $51.26. In the last five days, it saw a rise of about 6.07%, Principal Financial Group Inc. shares gained by almost 4.29% since the beginning of the year. However, the share price has dropped to as low as -9.48% below its one year high. On 01/07/21, the company shares recorded $52.09, the highest single-day price it has got to in the last 52-weeks and a 52-week low was seen on 01/05/21, the same year at $47.52. The company’s shares have declined by -6.93% in the past year. The 50-day SMA achieved is $47.56 while the 200-day SMA is $41.61. Volume gained to 1.92 million from 1.76 million in the previous session.
Principal Financial Group Inc. [PFG] Valuation Measures
Notably, Principal Financial Group Inc. [PFG] stock can be classified as a good candidate in the listing of underestimated low-priced Insurance – Diversified companies to purchase soonest possible with the prevailing 12-month PE ratio of 11.72. The measure means the stock is exchanging at a discount as compared to the 13.51x trailing earnings of the industry. It can be helpful for investors to consider historical price-sales ratio, more specifically, a 0.93 PS value ratio is reported for the last one year of reported earnings. That is lower than the industry average of 1.07 which means PFG serve an attractive investment opportunity compared to its competitors.
PFG Stock Support And Resistance Levels
On the 24-hour scale, the immediate backing is perceived around 51.30 level, and in case of violation of this particular level, it will cause more drop to 50.87 level. On the upper level, 52.53 is still the key resistance. The stock may increase to the subsequent resistance at 52.13. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) pinned on the 14-day chart is 64.47, implying a neutral technical stance while the MACD stands at 1.72, meaning price will increase in the next trading period. Percent R indicator moved to 6.63%, implying bullish price movement. Stochastic %K at 82.45% suggest selling the stock.
What is the short interest in Principal Financial Group Inc.?
Short interest in the Principal Financial Group Inc. stock has surged, increasing by 1.16 million shares to total 2.18 million shares on Dec 14, 2020. The interest had seen shares on Nov 12, 2020 stand at 3.34 million, data from Yahoo Finance shows. The decrease of -53.21% suggests the stock saw some decreased bullish sentiment. The stock’s days to cover (short ratio) moved to while the shorted shares account for just 0.91% of the overall float for the stock.
Principal Financial Group Inc.’s Biggest Shareholders: Who Owns Principal Financial Group Inc. [PFG]?
Filings by The Vanguard Group, Inc. showed that the firm now holds a total of 28,360,641 shares or roughly 10.32% of the outstanding PFG shares. This means their shares have reduced by -956,183 from the 28,360,641 the investor reportedly held in its prior 13-F filing. With the conclusion of the sale, Nissay Asset Management Corp. updated stake is worth $904,448,544. Details in the latest 13F filings reveal that BlackRock Fund Advisors disposed off their -0.92% stake valued at $829,679,250 while Capital Research & Management Co added theirs at $667,189,087. During the last quarter, BlackRock Fund Advisors liquidated -154,137 of its shares in Principal Financial Group Inc. while Capital Research & Management Co bought 464,232 shares. The SSgA Funds Management, Inc.’s holdings currently number 12,355,179 shares at $639256961.46. According to the firm’s last 13F report, Northern Trust Investments, Inc. shares in the company at filing stood at 4,808,577 shares, roughly $239,419,049.
PFG Earnings Forecast For The Current Quarter
Principal Financial Group Inc. [PFG] is expected to report weak earnings results for the quarter ending on Dec 2020. Consensus estimates give the company expected revenues of $3.84B and an earnings per share of $1.39 for Dec 2020. Looking further ahead, the company is expected to report revenue of $3.97B at an EPS of $1.41 for Mar 2021. The estimates represent downside of 6.80% and 25.05% in the company’s revenue and earnings per share, respectively, on a year-on-year basis.
PFG Earnings Estimates For The Current Year
For the financial year, Principal Financial Group Inc. [NASDAQ:PFG] is expected to bring in revenue of $14.83B. The returns are nearly $-1.56 billion lower than the company’s actual revenue recorded in the fiscal year 2019. In terms of EPS for the 2020, estimate put it at 4.84, lower than that of FY19 by -$0.74. Estimates put this year’s earnings growth at -13.30%, 25.00% for the next, and at an annual 6.72% over the next 5-year period. As for sales, forecasts are for a decrease of -9.50% in the current fiscal year and a further 6.80% over the following year.