The Majority of Analysts Are Still Downbeat on International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE:IBM)

International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) was one of the biggest movers in the recent trading session, with the company’s stock currently changing hands at 0.8 points up or 0.59% higher on the previous close. So what do we make of this stock that is clearly one of the hottest on the market now? The IBM stock is trading at $136.62 from a close of $135.82 on 01/15/20. The day’s price range saw the stock hit a low of $135.71, while the highest price level was $138.055 during the intraday trading.

Is the IBM stock going to continue the plunge or will it steady in coming sessions to climb above its 5-day high price of $138.05. International Business Machines Corporation (NYSE: IBM) has a 52-week price range of between $120.55 and $152.95. 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 4034377, compared to its 3-months daily average volume of 3.67 million. In comparison, the average volume for the last 50 days stands at 3,351,792.

What about the stock’s price forecasts? IBM had 20 analysts who offered their 12-month price predictions for the International Business Machines Corporation shares. The group has given the stock a consensus price target of $148.53, with the lowest forecast being put at $120.00. The highest estimate by the 20 analysts is $173.00. The median price target estimate of $145.00 for the stock represents a 5.78% jump in value from the previous price of $136.62. Looking at the 52-week price ranges, the stock’s current price level is 13.33% from its 52-week high price and -10.68% down from its 52-week low in the same period.

International Business Machines Corporation shares have surged 0.97% over the past week, but its 1-month performance is in the green at 1.80%. Its performance in the current quarter is down -4.46%, while that figure shoots to -4.51% over the past half-year period. Further, we see that the stock’s 12-month charts show that it has gained by 12.23%, with the year-to-date prices up by 1.92%.

The company has a market cap of 121.04 billion and a return on assets (ROA) of 5.50%. 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 IBM’s at 44.80% 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 17.20%.

But what do Wall Street analysts tracking this stock recommend, given that it has 885.96 million shares outstanding? 20 analysts polled have a consensus recommendation rating of 3.50, indicating that IBM is a Hold stock at the moment. This mean rating was at 3.67 a month ago. Evercore ISI called it a In-line stock on January 13, 2020, while UBS rated it a Neutral in its note released on October 21, 2019. Of the 20 analysts, 0 analysts rate the IBM stock as Overweight, while 13 of them rated it as a Hold. 5 analysts rate International Business Machines Corporation as a Buy, while 0 suggested its Underweight. Only 2 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 $4.57 per share to $4.71 per share. The average estimate by the 16 analysts for the IBM shares was $4.69 a share, while the company’s last-quarter results returned an EPS of $4.82. Looking at the current EPS trends, seven days ago, IBM had its Dec 2019 estimates at $4.68 per share while the stock’s EPS was forecasted at the $4.68, a month ago. However, the company’s EPS growth for this quarter stands at -3.70%, while that growth rate for the next fiscal quarter is forecasted at -4.40%. The annual earnings per share growth for the next five years is estimated to be 1.39%, which compares to the -4.99% recorded in the past five-year period.

Let’s briefly check out revenue growth estimates for the company, which is put at -0.60% in the current quarter. However, the next quarter should see net revenue growth of over 1.70%, with analysts forecasting the company’s 12-month growth estimates at 3.10%. 14 analysts have forecast that International Business Machines Corporation will see its revenue growth net between $21.53 billion and $21.79 billion for the current quarter. The next quarter should see revenue returns of between $18.32 billion and $18.7 billion.The average revenue for the quarter is expected at $21.63 billion, while for the next quarter, it jumps to $18.5 billion. Sales growth for the year are estimated at 3.10%.