The Majority of Analysts Are Still Bullish on Associated Banc-Corp (ASB)

On Thursday, shares of Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE:ASB) marked $20.27 per share versus a previous $20.22 closing price. With having a 0.25% gain, an insight into the fundamental values of Associated Banc-Corp, investors would also find a great ally in the technical patterns of the stock movements showed in stock charts. ASB showed a rise of 2.43% within its YTD performance, with highs and lows between $18.52 – $27.20 during the period of 52 weeks, compared to the simple moving average of -4.67% in the period of the last 200 days.

BofA/Merrill equity researchers changed the status of Associated Banc-Corp (NYSE: ASB) shares from “Neutral” to a “Underperform” rating in the report published on January 10th, 2019. Other analysts, including Jefferies, also published their reports on ASB shares. Jefferies repeated the rating from the previous report, marking ASB under “Buy” rating, in the report published on January 8th, 2019. Additionally, ASB shares got another “Underperform” rating from Raymond James. On the other hand, Sandler O’Neill Upgrade the “Buy” rating for ASB shares, as published in the report on April 20th, 2018. Barclays seems to be going bullish on the price of ASB shares, based on the price prediction for ASB, indicating that the shares will jump from $27 to $29, giving the shares “Equal Weight” rating based on their report from January 2nd, 2018. Another “Buy” rating came from SunTrust.

Associated Banc-Corp (ASB) Analysis

The present dividend yield for ASB owners is set at 0.03, 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 Associated Banc-Corp, the company needs to provide a healthy cash flow, currently at the value of 12.22. In addition, the growth of sales from quarter to quarter is recording 5.10%, hinting the company’s progress in the upcoming progress.

In order to gain a clear insight on the performance of Associated Banc-Corp (ASB) 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 9.30% 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 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 ASB is currently recording an average of 1.11M in volumes. The volatility of the stock on monthly basis is set at 2.22%, while the weekly volatility levels are marked at 2.29%with -0.20% of loss in the last seven days. Additionally, long-term investors are predicting the target price of $21.80, indicating growth from the present price of $20.27, which can represent yet another valuable research and analysis points that can help you decide whether to invest in ASB or pass.

What to Look for When Analyzing Associated Banc-Corp Shares?

Associated Banc-Corp (ASB) is based in the USA and it represents one of the well-known company operating with Financial sector. If you wish to compare ASB shares with other companies under Electronic Equipment and Consumer Goods, a factor to note is the P/E value of 10.72 for Associated Banc-Corp, while the value 10.46 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 1.89 is supported by the yearly ESP growth of 19.70%.

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 1.10%, 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 75.10% 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 ASB Shares?

It appears that more than several institutional investors and hedge funds decided to increase stakes in ASB in the recent period. That is how Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now has an increase position in ASB by 1.40% in the first quarter, owning 11.37 million shares of ASB stocks, with the value of $218.67 million after the purchase of an additional 157,375 shares during the last quarter. In the meanwhile, AllianceBernstein LP also increased their stake in ASB shares changed 14.27% in the first quarter, which means that the company now owns 4.75 million shares of company, all valued at $91.34 million after the acquisition of additional 592,922 shares during the last quarter.

Fidelity Management & Research Co acquired a new position in Associated Banc-Corp during the first quarter, with the value of $73.67 million, and Mairs & Power, Inc. increased their stake in the company’s shares by 1.68% in the first quarter, now owning 45,031 shares valued at $52.59 million after the acquisition of the additional 2.73 million shares during the last quarter. At the present, 75.10% of ASB shares are in the ownership of institutional investors.