Be Ready for Active Stock: Southwest Gas Holdings (SWX)

Southwest Gas Holdings (SWX):

The company’s earnings per share shows growth of 19.20% for the current year and expected to arrive earnings growth for the next year at 4.10% . Analyst projected EPS growth for the next 5 years at4.00%. The company’s EPS growth rate for past five years was 5.80%. The earnings growth rate for the next years is an important measure for investors planning to hold onto a stock for several years. The company’s earnings will usually have a direct relationship to the price of the company’s stock. The stock observed Sales growth of 5.70% during past 5 years. EPS growth quarter over quarter stands at 17.00% and Sales growth quarter over quarter is at 12.60%.

Southwest Gas Holdings (SWX) settled with change of 0.73% pushing the price on the $81.16 per share in recent trading session ended on Thursday. The latest trading activity showed that the stock price is 29.78% off from its 52-week low and traded with move of -5.59% from high printed in the last 52-week period. The Company kept 45.88M Floating Shares and holds 48.22M shares outstanding.

Shares price moved with -5.59% from its 50 Day high and distanced at 6.65% from 50 Day low. Analyses consensus rating score stands at 3. For the next one year period, the average of individual price target estimates referred by covering sell-side analysts is $80.2.

As took short look on profitability, the firm profit margin which was recorded 7.40%, and operating margin was noted at 12.50%. The company maintained a Gross Margin of 85.50%. The Institutional ownership of the firm is 83.10% while Insiders ownership is 0.10%. Company has kept return on investment (ROI) at 6.40% over the previous 12 months and has been able to maintain return on asset (ROA) at 3.30% for the last twelve months. Return on equity (ROE) recorded at 11.10%.

Southwest Gas Holdings (SWX) stock recent traded volume stands with 396013 shares as compared with its average volume of 233.88K shares. The relative volume observed at 1.69.

Liquidity Indicator:

Stock chart volume also shows us the amount of liquidity in a stock. Liquidity just simply refers to how easily it is to get in and out of a stock. If a stock is trading on low volume, then there aren’t many traders involved in the stock and it would be more difficult to find a trader to buy from or sell to. In this case, we would say that it is illiquid. If a stock is trading on high volume, then there are many traders involved in the stock and it would be easier to find a trader to buy from or sell to. In this case, we would say that it is liquid.

Mistakenly, some traders think that stocks that are up on high volume means that there were more buyers than sellers, or stocks that are down on high volume means that there are more sellers than buyers. Wrong! Regardless if it is a high volume day or a low volume day there is still a buyer for every seller. You can’t buy something unless someone is selling it to you and you can’t sell something unless someone is buying it from you!

The current ratio of 1 is mainly used to give an idea of a company’s ability to pay back its liabilities (debt and accounts payable) with its assets (cash, marketable securities, inventory, accounts receivable). As such, current ratio can be used to make a rough estimate of a company’s financial health. The quick ratio of 1 is a measure of how well a company can meet its short-term financial liabilities with quick assets (cash and cash equivalents, short-term marketable securities, and accounts receivable). The higher the ratio, the more financially secure a company is in the short term. A common rule of thumb is that companies with a quick ratio of greater than 1.0 are sufficiently able to meet their short-term liabilities.

The long term debt/equity shows a value of 1.09 with a total debt/equity of 1.12. It gives the investors the idea on the company’s financial leverage, measured by apportioning total liabilities by its stockholders equity. It also illustrates how much debt the corporation is using to finance its assets in relation to the value represented in shareholders’ equity.

Moving averages are among the most popular and widely used indicators. They represent a method of smoothing price data and removing noise to reveal and measure a trend. Moving averages are the basis of many technical trend-following systems. Being a trend following, lagging indicator, as the moving average always lags price action, they are used in order to confirm trends, once the latter have begun. Comparison between moving averages of different time periods can also show market momentum.

Southwest Gas Holdings (SWX) stock moved down -1.04% in contrast to its 20 day moving average displaying short-term a downside movement of stock. It shifted 0.96% above its 50-day simple moving average. This is showing medium-term bullish trend based on SMA 50. The stock price went overhead 6.83% from its 200-day simple moving average identifying long-term rising trend.

David Culbreth Category – Business

David Culbreth is a self-taught investor that has been investing in equities since she was a senior in college and continues to invest. He is extremely devoted to demystifying investing terminology for new investors.

David Culbreth is a senior author and journalist. He has more than 5 years of experience in institutional investment markets, including fixed income, equities, derivatives and real estate. David has a Bachelor in Business Administration with a major in Finance. He bought his first stocks in a private business at age 15 and made his first public stock trade at 23. He has always been interested in the stock market and how it behaves.

As the dad of two children, he’s made saving money and investing for them a high priority. Over many years of investing, he has made some wise choices and he’s made many mistakes. But he’s learned from both. Mr. David observations and experience give him the insight to stock market patterns and the investor behaviors that create them.

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