BlackRock Fund Advisors recently announced the acquisition of new stake in International Paper Company (NYSE:IP). The institutional investor has increased its shareholding in the Consumer Cyclical company by 3.74% to 27.9 million shares with purchase of 1.0 million shares. This fresh investment now brings its stake to 7.97% valued currently at $923.8 million. In addition, Invesco Capital Management LLC raised its holdings by 0.44 million to 8.09 million shares. And Franklin Mutual Advisers LLC has lifted its position by 47.17% or 2.54 million shares – to 7.92 million shares.
With over 3.37 million International Paper Company (IP) shares trading Friday and a closing price of $31.96 on the day, the dollar volume was approximately $107.82 million. The shares have shown a negative half year performance of -10.68% and its price on 05/19/23 lost nearly -0.22%. Currently, there are 349.30M common shares owned by the public and among those 346.48M shares have been available to trade.
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An analysis of what Wall Street brokers have to say about the expected price targets for this stock gives us this picture: 13 analysts who have offered their price forecasts for IP have a consensus price objective of $34.33. The analysts have set the share’s price value over the next 12 months at a high of $42.00 and a low of $26.00. The average price target is 6.9% above its recent price level and a downside to the estimated low will see the stock lose -22.92% over that period. But an upside of 23.9% will see the stock hit the forecast high price target while median target price for the stock is $34.00.
Insiders at the company have transacted a total of 36 times over the past 12 months, according to data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 13 of these insider trades were purchases, accounting for 380,806 shares. Insider sales of the common stock occurred on 23 occasions, with total insider shares sold totaling 267,544 shares.
The top 3 mutual fund holders in International Paper Company are Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF, iShares Tr. – Select Dividend ETF, and Vanguard 500 Index Fund. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF owns 10.84 million shares of the company’s stock, all valued at over $358.96 million. The company sold -0.12 million shares recently to bring their total holdings to about 3.10% of the shares outstanding. iShares Tr. – Select Dividend ETF sold 9772.0 shares to see its total holdings shrink to 8.87 million shares valued at over $293.54 million and representing 2.53% of the shares outstanding. Vanguard 500 Index Fund bought 45580.0 shares to bring its total holdings to over 8.3 million shares at a value of $274.93 million. Vanguard 500 Index Fund now owns shares totaling to 2.37% of the shares outstanding.
Shares of International Paper Company (NYSE: IP) opened at $32.35, up $0.32 from a prior closing price of $32.03. However, the script later moved the day high at 32.37, down -0.22%. The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of 0.63% and -16.49% over the past three months. IP shares are trading -7.71% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance down to -33.87% lower. It has a 12-month low price of $30.69 and touched a high of $49.31 over the same period. IP has an average intraday trading volume of 2.92 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 -2.72%, -7.13%, and -12.24% respectively.
Institutional ownership of International Paper Company (NYSE: IP) shares accounts for 88.10% of the company’s 349.30M shares outstanding. Mutual fund holders own 36.74%, while other institutional holders and individual stakeholders account for 50.70% and 2.15% respectively.
It has a market capitalization of $11.12B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 1.04. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 7.48, while the earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at $4.28. The company has a PEG of 0.39 and a Quick Ratio of 1.10 with the debt-to-equity ratio at 0.70. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 1.71% over the week and 2.18% over the month.
Analysts forecast that International Paper Company (IP) will achieve an EPS of $0.43 for the current quarter, $0.71 for the next quarter and $2.57 for 2024. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is $0.38 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of $0.49. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was $1.24 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to increase by 129.50%, and 5.19% over the next financial year. EPS should grow at an annualized rate of 19.20% over the next five years, compared to 17.40% over the past 5-year period.
If you are looking to buy this stock, then you may note that the average analyst recommendation by 13 brokerage firm advisors rate International Paper Company (IP) as a “Hold” at a consensus score of 3.00. Specifically, 2 Wall Street analysts polled rate the stock as a buy, while 8 of the 13 advise that investors “hold,” and 2 rated it as a “Sell.”
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