Looking Alternative Stock to Buy? Here is IQVIA Holdings Inc. (IQV)

IQVIA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: IQV) was one of the biggest movers in the recent trading session, with the company’s stock currently changing hands at -0.2 points down or -0.14% lower on the previous close. So what do we make of this stock that is clearly one of the hottest on the market now? The IQV stock is trading at $137.84 from a close of $138.04 on 11/06/19. The day’s price range saw the stock hit a low of $136.28, while the highest price level was $140.54 during the intraday trading.

Is the IQV stock going to continue the plunge or will it steady in coming sessions to climb above its 5-day high price of $147.76. IQVIA Holdings Inc. (NYSE: IQV) has a 52-week price range of between $104.90 and $164.13. Notably, the reduced performance in the current session comes on the back of condensed market activity for the stock, as its daily trading volume to 1613108, compared to its 3-months daily average volume of 1.34 million. In comparison, the average volume for the last 50 days stands at 1,444,390.

What about the stock’s price forecasts? IQV had 20 analysts who offered their 12-month price predictions for the IQVIA Holdings Inc. shares. The group has given the stock a consensus price target of $176.06, with the lowest forecast being put at $145.00. The highest estimate by the 20 analysts is $191.00. The median price target estimate of $179.00 for the stock represents a 22.99% jump in value from the previous price of $137.84. Looking at the 52-week price ranges, the stock’s current price level is 31.40% from its 52-week high price and -16.02% down from its 52-week low in the same period.

IQVIA Holdings Inc. shares have plunged -5.28% over the past week, but its 1-month performance is in the red at -4.49%. Its performance in the current quarter is down -12.69%, while that figure shoots to 3.68% over the past half-year period. Further, we see that the stock’s 12-month charts show that it has gained by 13.45%, with the year-to-date prices up by 18.83%.

The company has a market cap of 26.61 billion and a return on assets (ROA) of 1.10%. In gauging how profitable company analysts and investors look at the respective company’s ROA, with returns above 5% generally regarded as good. Also important is the company’s return on equity (ROE), with IQV’s at 3.70% indicating that the management is able to generate impressive income with whatever equity at their disposal. If you put your money on this stock, then a forecast ROI is at 3.60%.

But what do Wall Street analysts tracking this stock recommend, given that it has 192.80 million shares outstanding? 20 analysts polled have a consensus recommendation rating of 4.62, indicating that IQV is a Buy stock at the moment. This mean rating was at 4.67 a month ago. Mizuho called it a Buy stock on June 21, 2019, while SVB Leerink rated it a Outperform in its note released on May 28, 2019. Of the 20 analysts, 1 analysts rate the IQV stock as Overweight, while 4 of them rated it as a Hold. 15 analysts rate IQVIA Holdings Inc. as a Buy, while 0 suggested its Underweight. Only 0 analyst advised investors to sell.

Let’s glean at the company’s earnings forecasts for the current quarter and annual growth estimate for the next 5-year period. The analyst forecasts for this stock’s earnings per share (EPS) for the current quarter (Dec 2019) ranged from a low of $1.68 per share to $1.75 per share. The average estimate by the 16 analysts for the IQV shares was $1.71 a share, while the company’s last-quarter results returned an EPS of $1.47. Looking at the current EPS trends, seven days ago, IQV had its Dec 2019 estimates at $1.74 per share while the stock’s EPS was forecasted at the $1.75, a month ago. However, the company’s EPS growth for this quarter stands at 14.00%, while that growth rate for the next fiscal quarter is forecasted at 13.10%. The annual earnings per share growth for the next five years is estimated to be 14.55%, which compares to the 19.89% recorded in the past five-year period.

Let’s briefly check out revenue growth estimates for the company, which is put at 5.80% in the current quarter. However, the next quarter should see net revenue growth of over 7.70%, with analysts forecasting the company’s 12-month growth estimates at 7.20%. 16 analysts have forecast that IQVIA Holdings Inc. will see its revenue growth net between $2.83 billion and $2.86 billion for the current quarter. The next quarter should see revenue returns of between $2.85 billion and $2.89 billion.The average revenue for the quarter is expected at $2.84 billion, while for the next quarter, it jumps to $2.87 billion. Sales growth for the year are estimated at 7.20%.