On Wednesday, shares of The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE:GEO) marked $9.06 per share versus a previous $10.11 closing price. With having a -10.39% loss, an insight into the fundamental values of The GEO Group, Inc., investors would also find a great ally in the technical patterns of the stock movements showed in stock charts. GEO showed a fall of -45.45% within its YTD performance, with highs and lows between $9.95 – $18.42 during the period of 52 weeks, compared to the simple moving average of -28.57% in the period of the last 200 days.
Noble Capital Markets equity researchers changed the status of The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE: GEO) shares to a “Outperform” rating in the report published on June 29th, 2020. Other analysts, including JP Morgan, also published their reports on GEO shares. JP Morgan repeated the rating from the previous report, marking GEO under “Neutral” rating, in the report published on February 15th, 2019. Additionally, GEO shares got another “Overweight” rating from JP Morgan, setting a target price of $35 on the company’s shares, according to the report published in July 14th, 2017. On March 8th, 2017, Canaccord Genuity Reiterated an Buy rating and increased its price target from $52 to $50. On the other hand, Canaccord Genuity Reiterated the “Buy” rating for GEO shares, as published in the report on February 24th, 2017. Canaccord Genuity seems to be going bullish on the price of GEO shares, based on the price prediction for GEO, indicating that the shares will jump from $35 to $38, giving the shares “Buy” rating based on their report from December 12th, 2016. Another “Buy” rating came from Canaccord Genuity, providing a prediction for $38 price target according to the report published in November 11th, 2016.
[bold-text]The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) Analysis[/bold-text]
The present dividend yield for GEO owners is set at 0.15, 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 The GEO Group, Inc., the company needs to provide a healthy cash flow, currently at the value of 37.19. In addition, the growth of sales from quarter to quarter is recording -4.30%, hinting the company’s progress in the upcoming progress.
In order to gain a clear insight on the performance of The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) 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 14.90% 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 1.30 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 GEO is currently recording an average of 1.59M in volumes. The volatility of the stock on monthly basis is set at 3.80%, while the weekly volatility levels are marked at 5.12%with -19.61% of loss in the last seven days. Additionally, long-term investors are predicting the target price of $16.50, indicating growth from the present price of $9.06, which can represent yet another valuable research and analysis points that can help you decide whether to invest in GEO or pass.
[bold-text]What to Look for When Analyzing The GEO Group, Inc. Shares?[/bold-text]
The GEO Group, Inc. (GEO) is based in the USA and it represents one of the well-known company operating with Real Estate sector. If you wish to compare GEO shares with other companies under Electronic Equipment and Consumer Goods, a factor to note is the P/E value of 7.43 for The GEO Group, Inc., while the value 6.94 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 1.22 is supported by the yearly EPS growth of 16.00%.
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 0.40%, 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 69.00% of shares, carrying an equal significance as an indicator of value, as the presence of large investors may signal a strong company.
[bold-text]Are Institutional Investors Increasing Stakes in GEO Shares?[/bold-text]
It appears that more than several institutional investors and hedge funds decided to increase stakes in GEO in the recent period. That is how QMA LLC now has an increase position in GEO by 3.53% in the first quarter, owning 2.66 million shares of GEO stocks, with the value of $30.16 million after the purchase of an additional 90,796 shares during the last quarter. In the meanwhile, Charles Schwab Investment Managem also increased their stake in GEO shares changed 29.21% in the first quarter, which means that the company now owns 2.05 million shares of company, all valued at $23.27 million after the acquisition of additional 463,944 shares during the last quarter.
Geode Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in The GEO Group, Inc. during the first quarter, with the value of $22.02 million. At the present, 69.00% of GEO shares are in the ownership of institutional investors.