The Vanguard Group, Inc. recently announced the acquisition of new stake in PepsiCo Inc. (NASDAQ:PEP). The institutional investor has increased its shareholding in the Consumer Defensive company by 1.32% to 122.99 million shares with purchase of 1.6 million shares. This fresh investment now brings its stake to 8.93% valued currently at $22.33 billion. In addition, SSgA Funds Management, Inc. raised its holdings by 0.42 million to 59.63 million shares. And Geode Capital Management LLC has lifted its position by 2.15% or 0.54 million shares – to 25.37 million shares.
With over 4.11 million PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) shares trading Tuesday and a closing price of $184.84 on the day, the dollar volume was approximately $759.34 million. The shares have shown a positive half year performance of 10.14% and its price on 11/22/22 gained nearly 0.01%. Currently, there are 1.38B common shares owned by the public and among those 1.38B shares have been available to trade.
An analysis of what Wall Street brokers have to say about the expected price targets for this stock gives us this picture: 22 analysts who have offered their price forecasts for PEP have a consensus price objective of $183.94. The analysts have set the share’s price value over the next 12 months at a high of $200.00 and a low of $170.00. The average price target is -0.63% below its recent price level and a downside to the estimated low will see the stock lose -8.73% over that period. But an upside of 7.58% will see the stock hit the forecast high price target while median target price for the stock is $184.00.
Insiders at the company have transacted a total of 74 times over the past 12 months, according to data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 34 of these insider trades were purchases, accounting for 200,366 shares. Insider sales of the common stock occurred on 40 occasions, with total insider shares sold totaling 183,620 shares.
The top 3 mutual fund holders in PepsiCo Inc. are Vanguard Total Stock Market Index, Vanguard 500 Index Fund, and Invesco QQQ Trust. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index owns 41.41 million shares of the company’s stock, all valued at over $7.52 billion. The company bought an additional 0.19 million shares recently to bring their total holdings to about 3.01% of the shares outstanding. Vanguard 500 Index Fund bought 0.31 million shares to see its total holdings expand to 31.58 million shares valued at over $5.73 billion and representing 2.29% of the shares outstanding. Invesco QQQ Trust sold 18320.0 shares to bring its total holdings to over 19.98 million shares at a value of $3.63 billion. Invesco QQQ Trust now owns shares totaling to 1.45% of the shares outstanding.
Shares of PepsiCo Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) opened at $185.81, up $0.99 from a prior closing price of $184.82. However, the script later moved the day high at 186.57, up 0.01%. The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of 4.32% and 3.11% over the past three months. PEP shares are trading 6.41% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance up to 12.60% higher. It has a 12-month low price of $153.37 and touched a high of $185.13 over the same period. PEP has an average intraday trading volume of 5.10 million shares. The stock is trading above its simple moving averages at the SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200, as the current price level is off by 2.88%, 6.93%, and 8.69% respectively.
Institutional ownership of PepsiCo Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP) shares accounts for 74.10% of the company’s 1.38B shares outstanding. Mutual fund holders own 34.03%, while other institutional holders and individual stakeholders account for 39.56% and 0.57% respectively.
It has a market capitalization of $252.83B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 0.59. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 26.21, while the earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at $7.05. The company has a PEG of 3.21 and a Quick Ratio of 0.70 with the debt-to-equity ratio at 2.07. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 1.30% over the week and 1.69% over the month.
Analysts forecast that PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) will achieve an EPS of $1.64 for the current quarter, $1.39 for the next quarter and $7.3 for 2023. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is $1.61 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of $1.68. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was $1.53 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to increase by 9.90%, and 7.48% over the next financial year. EPS should grow at an annualized rate of 8.17% over the next five years, compared to 5.20% over the past 5-year period.
If you are looking to buy this stock, then you may note that the average analyst recommendation by 22 brokerage firm advisors rate PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) as a “Moderate Buy” at a consensus score of 2.50. Specifically, 8 Wall Street analysts polled rate the stock as a buy, while 9 of the 22 advise that investors “hold,” and 1 rated it as a “Sell.”
Looking at the support for the PEP, a number of firms have released research notes about the stock. Redburn stated their Sell rating for the stock in a research note on November 04, 2022, with the firm’s price target at $141. Wedbush coverage for the PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) stock in a research note released on October 11, 2022 offered a Outperform rating with a price target of $185. Deutsche Bank was of a view on September 27, 2022 that the stock is Hold, while DZ Bank gave the stock Hold rating on February 15, 2022, issuing a price target of $180. Argus on their part issued Buy rating on January 04, 2022.