The Vanguard Group, Inc. recently announced the acquisition of new stake in Entergy Corporation (NYSE:ETR). The institutional investor has increased its shareholding in the Utilities company by 1.27% to 23.89 million shares with purchase of 0.3 million shares. This fresh investment now brings its stake to 11.30% valued currently at $2.57 billion. In addition, Capital Research & Management Co raised its holdings by 2.6 million to 7.34 million shares. And Managed Account Advisors LLC has lifted its position by 12.93% or 0.74 million shares – to 6.49 million shares.
With over 1.93 million Entergy Corporation (ETR) shares trading Friday and a closing price of $100.55 on the day, the dollar volume was approximately $194.46 million. The shares have shown a negative half year performance of -8.70% and its price on 05/19/23 lost nearly -0.94%. Currently, there are 211.35M common shares owned by the public and among those 202.71M 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: 17 analysts who have offered their price forecasts for ETR have a consensus price objective of $119.93. The analysts have set the share’s price value over the next 12 months at a high of $134.00 and a low of $106.00. The average price target is 15.3% above its recent price level and an upside to the estimated low will see the stock gain 5.14% over that period. But an upside of 24.96% will see the stock hit the forecast high price target while median target price for the stock is $120.50.
Insiders at the company have transacted a total of 154 times over the past 12 months, according to data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 80 of these insider trades were purchases, accounting for 82,592 shares. Insider sales of the common stock occurred on 74 occasions, with total insider shares sold totaling 47,147 shares.
The top 3 mutual fund holders in Entergy Corporation are Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF, Washington Mutual Investors Fund, and Vanguard Mid Cap Index Fund. Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF owns 6.53 million shares of the company’s stock, all valued at over $702.48 million. The company bought an additional 0.28 million shares recently to bring their total holdings to about 3.09% of the shares outstanding. Vanguard Mid Cap Index Fund bought 0.18 million shares to bring its total holdings to over 4.93 million shares at a value of $530.64 million. Vanguard Mid Cap Index Fund now owns shares totaling to 2.33% of the shares outstanding.
Shares of Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) opened at $102.03, up $0.53 from a prior closing price of $101.50. However, the script later moved the day high at 102.45, down -0.94%. The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of -6.15% and -8.11% over the past three months. ETR shares are trading -10.62% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance down to -13.67% lower. It has a 12-month low price of $94.94 and touched a high of $122.46 over the same period. ETR has an average intraday trading volume of 1.18 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 -5.39%, -5.40%, and -8.29% respectively.
Institutional ownership of Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR) shares accounts for 92.70% of the company’s 211.35M shares outstanding. Mutual fund holders own 35.55%, while other institutional holders and individual stakeholders account for 54.45% and 0.94% respectively.
It has a market capitalization of $21.46B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 0.65. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 18.30, while the earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at $5.50. The company has a PEG of 2.77 and a Quick Ratio of 0.70 with the debt-to-equity ratio at 2.11. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 2.07% over the week and 1.83% over the month.
Analysts forecast that Entergy Corporation (ETR) will achieve an EPS of $1.7 for the current quarter, $2.82 for the next quarter and $7.19 for 2024. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is $1.28 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of $1.99. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was $1.78 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to decrease by -3.10%, and 7.24% over the next financial year. EPS should grow at an annualized rate of 6.60% over the next five years, compared to -0.10% over the past 5-year period.
If you are looking to buy this stock, then you may note that the average analyst recommendation by 17 brokerage firm advisors rate Entergy Corporation (ETR) as a “Moderate Buy” at a consensus score of 2.20. Specifically, 9 Wall Street analysts polled rate the stock as a buy, while 5 of the 17 advise that investors “hold,” and 1 rated it as a “Sell.”
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