Shares of Discover Financial Services (NYSE:DFS) recorded 0.17% gain during trading session on December 6th, 2018. The script traded as low as $64.11 and last traded at $66.49. 4.19 million shares changed exchanged hands during trading, a drop of -115.76% from the 30-day average session volume of 1.94M shares. The firm had previously closed at $66.38. The company has $335.59M outstanding shares, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.21, price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.12and a beta of 1.49. The company has a RSI of 35.49, ATR of 1.96 and a volatility of 3.40% this week. DFS has a 52 week low price of $66.32 and a 52 week high price of $81.93.
Investors have identified the tech company Discover Financial Services as an interesting stock but before investments are made there, an in-depth look at its trading activities will have to be conducted. The share is trading with a market value of around 22.31B, the company now has both obstacles and catalysts that affect them and they came from their mode of operations. With the company affected by events currently, it is a perfect time to analyze the numbers behind the firm in order to come up with a rather realistic picture of what this stock is.
Discover Financial Services (DFS) Fundamentals that are to be considered.
When analyzing a stock, the first fundamental thing to take into account is the balance sheet. How healthy the balance sheet of a company is will determine if the company will be able to carry out all its financial and non-financial obligations and also keep the faith of its investors. For DFS, the company has in raw cash 1.8 billion on their books with 6 million currently as liabilities. How the trend is over time is what investors should be concerned about. The company has a healthy balance sheet as their debt profile has been on an incline. In terms of their assets, the company currently has 2.15 billion total, with 0 as their total liabilities. This figure have given the company a good sense of viability under numerous contexts.
DFS were able to record 0 as free cash flow during the third quarter of the year, this saw their quarterly net cash flow reduce by 4.43 billion. In cash movements, the company had a total of 0 as operating cash flow.
Potential earnings growth for Discover Financial Services (DFS)
In order to determine the future investment potential for this stock, we will have to analyze key trends that affect it. During the third quarter of the year, Discover Financial Services recorded a total of 2.78 billion in revenue. This figure implies that they witnessed a quarterly year/year change in their earnings with 0.11% coming in sequential stages and their sales for the third quarter increasing by 0.05%.
What matters though is how it ends. When the core data for the company is broken down, then the stock sounds interesting. The company spent 558 million trying to sell their products during the last quarter, with the result yielding a gross income of 2.22 billion. This allows shareholders to hold on to 335.59M with the revenue now reading 2050 cents per share. This is a figure that is close to analyst’s prediction for their fourth quarter (2.02 cents a share).
Is the stock of DFS attractive?
Having a look at the company’s valuation, the company is expected to record 8.67 total earnings per share during the next fiscal year. It is very important though to remember that the importance of trend far outweighs that of outlook. This analysis has been great and getting further updates on DFS sounds very interesting.
In related news, Executive Chairman NELMS DAVID W sold 30,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that recorded on December 3rd, 2018. The sale was performed at an average price of 72.05, for a total value of 2,161,500. As the sale deal closes, the EVP, Pres. – Consumer Banking NELMS DAVID W now sold 3,750 shares of the company’s stock, valued at 269,925. Also, Director Glassman Cynthia A sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a deal that was recorded on November 9th, 2018. The shares were sold at an average price of 71.23 per share, with a total market value of 50,032. Following this completion of acquisition, the Director now holds 2,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at 139,000. In the last 6 months, insiders have changed their ownership in shares of company stock by 0.60%.
8 out of 23 analysts covering the stock have rated it a Buy, while 7 have maintained a Hold recommendation on Discover Financial Services stock. 0 analysts has assigned a Sell rating on the DFS stock. The 12-month mean consensus price target for the company’s shares has been set at $87.64.