Challenges And Opportunities For YPF Sociedad Anonima (YPF), Synovus Financial Corp. (SNV)

You should consider shares of YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF) and Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE:SNV) if you are looking for a great stocks to invest in. Starting with the YPF shares, which traded at $10.38 at the close of the recent session, dropping -2.44%. On Wednesday, the company’s shares shed -$0.26 from its value which represented in intraday trading. The stock is now -10.36% lower in year-to-date (YTD) trading. YPF’s intraday high was $10.56 while its lowest price touched $10.22. The stock’s 52-week high price is $18.73, which means the current price is at -44.58%. In terms of trading activity, the daily trading volume fell to 1264095 against 200-day average trading volume of 2,513,671 shares.

What are analyst forecasts for YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF)?

At a consensus rating of 3.80, YPF is trending as a streaking Moderate Buy, as it has been the case a month ago when 5 analysts called it a Moderate Buy. Two months ago, 4 analysts recommended, on average, that YPF stock is a Strong Buy. The Basic Materials company’s shares’ overall bearish trend saw it close higher on Wednesday compared to its opening price of $10.53 on the day.

Forecasts for YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF) give the stock a fair value for the growth of 20.15% from its last price. The 12-month price forecast for the stock by analysts puts the stock’s mean price target at $13.00, which means the price per share could rise by nearly $2.62. The price range target is between a low of $9.20 and a high of $25.92. The stock would need to gain by about $59.95 to hit the estimated high or 0.77% from its 12-month low.

The consensus among 13 analysts is that it is a good time for one to Overweight in the YPF Sociedad Anonima. 6 analysts rate YPF as a Buy, with 1 of 13 analysts rate it as a Sell. 0 have valued the stock as Overweight and 6 have recommended that investors Hold.

YPF Sociedad Anonima (NYSE:YPF) Upgrades and Downgrades

In terms of rating changes, JP Morgan on December 19, 2019, Downgrade YPF Sociedad Anonima (YPF) at Neutral. Analysts at Goldman have assigned a Sell rating for the stock in their research note on December 17, 2019. Moreover, Credit Suisse analysts issued a rating of Outperform for the stock on October 25, 2018. On April 23, 2018, the stock earned a Strong Buy rating due to an analyst call from Raymond James, while analysts from HSBC Securities on April 19, 2018 suggested that the stock is Buy.

Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE:SNV) adds -$0.01 on Wednesday

The SNV stock has tanked -0.48% year-to-date and is currently trading at $39.01, which is -3.46% below its 52-week high. The company shares lost -0.03% on the day and have risen nearly 22.67% off a low hit. At current levels, Synovus Financial Corp. has a valuation of about $1.90B. As of 01/15/20, this stock has risen 0.05% during the week and closed at $39.02 in the previous session. However, recent Synovus Financial Corp. stock performance shows that SNV shares are 0.52% up over the last month, and 11.11% up for the last three months.

Earnings per share (EPS) estimates for the current quarter are $0.93, with the trailing 12-month share earnings at $3.30. The ratio is expected to be up by 13.00% for the current year 2019 and -6.40% for next year. Over the next 5-year period, earnings per share will be 8.00%. But will the SNV stock surprise in the current quarter results, where the $0.97 actual EPS reported on 9/29/2019 surprised by -2.00% or was lower by -$0.02 from the estimated $0.99.

Sales Growth to decline -2.90% for the year

How well will Synovus Financial Corp. perform as a business over the current quarter, year and next 5-year period? Compared to the year-ago quarter, analysts forecast the company to bring in between $478.47M and $493.8M in current quarter sales. The consensus estimated for the current quarter is $484.41M from sales. Forecasts for this fiscal year are between $1.94B and $1.95B and the consensus estimate for sales is at $1.94B. SNV has its next quarter sales estimates at between $451.9M and $473M, with the quarter-over-quarter growth estimates at -3.10% and the annual growth forecast for the year at -2.90%.

Who owns shares in Synovus Financial Corp. (SNV)?

Let’s briefly focus on the share ownership of the Synovus Financial Corp. (NYSE:SNV) stock, where we find that 82.37% of shares are held by institutions. Blackrock Inc. tops the list of institutional owners as it is holding 14.26 million shares or 9.73% of shares outstanding. Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) and Wellington Management Company, LLP held 14.09 million and 7.75 million representing 9.62% and 5.29% respectively at the close of the last trading session. As of Sep 29, 2019, Synovus Financial Corporation accounted for 6.08 million shares at over 217.33 million. This represented 4.15% of shares outstanding. State Street Corporation held 5.49 million shares at over 196.14 million representing 3.74% of shares outstanding.

SNV Insider Activity

Insider activity can also give a signal in terms of price direction. Looking at Synovus Financial Corp. (SNV), a total of 5000 shares have been sold by insiders over the last 6 months while 28861 shares were added in the same time span. On 2/11/2019, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer by the name Stelling Kessel D Jr sold 21808.0 shares worth $814100.0 at the price of $37.33 per share. Filings also show that Holladay Mark G sold a total of 5000.0 shares on 9/06/2019 valued at $178600.0. Since the last insider activity, the company’s share price has climbed 8.84%.