The Majority of Analysts Are Still Bullish on Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC)

On Thursday, shares of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) marked $85.53 per share versus a previous $83.63 closing price. With having a 2.27% gain, an insight into the fundamental values of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., investors would also find a great ally in the technical patterns of the stock movements showed in stock charts. JEC showed a rise of 46.31% within its YTD performance, with highs and lows between $55.17 – $85.85 during the period of 52 weeks, compared to the simple moving average of 16.86% in the period of the last 200 days.

Barclays equity researchers changed the status of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) shares to a “Overweight” rating in the report published on April 30th, 2019. Other analysts, including Citigroup, also published their reports on JEC shares. Citigroup repeated the rating from the previous report, marking JEC under “Buy” rating, in the report published on October 22nd, 2018. Additionally, JEC shares got another “Buy” rating from BofA/Merrill. On the other hand, Deutsche Bank Upgrade the “Buy” rating for JEC shares, as published in the report on March 29th, 2018. MKM Partners seems to be going bullish on the price of JEC shares, based on the price prediction for JEC. Another “Outperform” rating came from Robert W. Baird.

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC) Analysis

The present dividend yield for JEC owners is set at 0.01, marking the return investors will get regardless of the company’s performance in the upcoming period.However, in order for the company to be able to pay its dividends, just like it is the case with Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., the company needs to provide a healthy cash flow, currently at the value of 73.16. In addition, the growth of sales from quarter to quarter is recording 7.70%, hinting the company’s progress in the upcoming progress.

In order to gain a clear insight on the performance of Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC) as it may occur in the future, there are more than several well-rounded types of analysis and research techniques, while equity is most certainly one of the more important indicators into the company’s growth and performance. In this case, you want to make sure that the return on the present equity of 5.10% is enough for you to make a profit out of your investment. You may also count in the quick ratio of the company, currently set at 1.50 so you would make sure that the company is able to cover the debts it may have, which can be easily seen in annual reports of the company.

Set to affect the volatility of a given stock, the average volume can also be a valuable indicator, while JEC is currently recording an average of 937.32K in volumes. The volatility of the stock on monthly basis is set at 2.06%, while the weekly volatility levels are marked at 3.96%with 6.16% of gain in the last seven days. Additionally, long-term investors are predicting the target price of $88.21, indicating growth from the present price of $85.53, which can represent yet another valuable research and analysis points that can help you decide whether to invest in JEC or pass.

What to Look for When Analyzing Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. Shares?

Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (JEC) is based in the USA and it represents one of the well-known company operating with Services sector. If you wish to compare JEC shares with other companies under Electronic Equipment and Consumer Goods, a factor to note is the P/E value of 25.19 for Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., while the value 15.51 can represent an indicator in the future growth of the company in terms of investor’s expectations. The later value should have a steady growth rate, increasing and growing gradually, which serves the purpose of reliably showcasing the progress of the company. The value 3.40 is supported by the yearly ESP growth of 25.50%.

Besides from looking into the fundamentals, you should also note the number of people inside the company owning the shares, as the values should be in line with the expectations of investors. In that spirit, the present ownership of stocks inside the company is set at 0.20%, which can provide you with an insight of how involved executives are in owning shares of the company. In oppose to the executives’ share, the institutional ownership counts 95.00% of shares, carrying an equal significance as an indicator of value, as the presence of large investors may signal a strong company.

Are Institutional Investors Increasing Stakes in JEC Shares?

It appears that more than several institutional investors and hedge funds decided to increase stakes in JEC in the recent period. That is how Ruane, Cunniff & Goldfarb LP now has an increase position in JEC by 2.95% in the first quarter, owning 6.44 million shares of JEC stocks, with the value of $543.88 million after the purchase of an additional 184,883 shares during the last quarter. In the meanwhile, Fidelity Management & Research Co also increased their stake in JEC shares changed 15.73% in the first quarter, which means that the company now owns 5.81 million shares of company, all valued at $490.07 million after the acquisition of additional 789,385 shares during the last quarter.

Select Equity Group LP acquired a new position in Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. during the first quarter, with the value of $428.52 million, and Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney & Strau increased their stake in the company’s shares by — in the first quarter, now owning 4,998,871 shares valued at $421.85 million after the acquisition of the additional 5 million shares during the last quarter. At the present, 95.00% of JEC shares are in the ownership of institutional investors.