Challenges And Opportunities For General Dynamics Corporation (GD), W. R. Grace & Co. (GRA)

You should consider shares of General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD) and W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) if you are looking for a great stocks to invest in. Starting with the GD shares, which traded at $179.53 at the close of the recent session, gaining 1.65%. On Tuesday, the company’s shares shed $2.91 from its value which represented in intraday trading. The stock is now 1.80% higher in year-to-date (YTD) trading. GD’s intraday high was $180.66 while its lowest price touched $179.00. The stock’s 52-week high price is $193.76, which means the current price is at -7.34%. In terms of trading activity, the daily trading volume rose to 1882518 against 200-day average trading volume of 1,260,839 shares.

What are analyst forecasts for General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD)?

At a consensus rating of 4.09, GD is trending as a streaking Moderate Buy, as it has been the case a month ago when 12 analysts called it a Moderate Buy. Two months ago, 12 analysts recommended, on average, that GD stock is a Moderate Buy. The Industrial Goods company’s shares’ overall bullish trend saw it close lower on Tuesday compared to its opening price of $179.24 on the day.

Forecasts for General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD) give the stock a fair value for the growth of 14.51% from its last price. The 12-month price forecast for the stock by analysts puts the stock’s mean price target at $210.00, which means the price per share could rise by nearly $30.47. The price range target is between a low of $175.00 and a high of $252.00. The stock would need to gain by about $28.76 to hit the estimated high or 0.89% from its 12-month low.

The consensus among 20 analysts is that it is a good time for one to Overweight in the General Dynamics Corporation. 9 analysts rate GD as a Buy, with 1 of 20 analysts rate it as a Sell. 1 have valued the stock as Overweight and 9 have recommended that investors Hold.

General Dynamics Corporation (NYSE:GD) Upgrades and Downgrades

In terms of rating changes, Argus on February 03, 2020, Upgrade General Dynamics Corporation (GD) at Buy. They believe the stock could reach $195 in the near term. Analysts at Goldman have assigned a Buy rating for the stock in their research note on May 20, 2019 with an estimated price target of $204. Moreover, JP Morgan analysts issued a rating of Neutral for the stock on April 25, 2019, giving it a price target of $200 for the next 12 months. On February 15, 2019, the stock earned a Neutral rating due to an analyst call from Credit Suisse, while analysts from Argus on January 31, 2019 suggested that the stock is Hold.

W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) adds -$3.49 on Tuesday

The GRA stock has tanked -9.81% year-to-date and is currently trading at $63.00, which is -20.96% below its 52-week high. The company shares lost -5.25% on the day and have risen nearly 0.15% off a low hit. At current levels, W. R. Grace & Co. has a valuation of about $1.97B. As of 02/04/20, this stock has fallen -8.70% during the week and closed at $66.49 in the previous session. However, recent W. R. Grace & Co. stock performance shows that GRA shares are -9.09% down over the last month, and -6.24% down for the last three months.

Earnings per share (EPS) estimates for the current quarter are $0.89, with the trailing 12-month share earnings at $2.82. The ratio is expected to be up by 10.50% for the current year 2019 and 9.70% for next year. Over the next 5-year period, earnings per share will be 9.31%. But will the GRA stock surprise in the current quarter results, where the $1.31 actual EPS reported on 12/30/2019 surprised by 4.00% or was higher by $0.05 from the estimated $1.26.

Sales Growth to climb 4.20% for the year

How well will W. R. Grace & Co. 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 $417.64M and $498.1M in current quarter sales. The consensus estimated for the current quarter is $469.43M from sales. Forecasts for this fiscal year are between $1.99B and $2.06B and the consensus estimate for sales is at $2.02B. GRA has its next quarter sales estimates at between $518.3M and $545.7M, with the quarter-over-quarter growth estimates at 4.00% and the annual growth forecast for the year at 4.20%.

Who owns shares in W. R. Grace & Co. (GRA)?

Let’s briefly focus on the share ownership of the W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) stock, where we find that 88.32% of shares are held by institutions. 40 North Management LLC tops the list of institutional owners as it is holding 9.87 million shares or 14.78% of shares outstanding. Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) and Soroban Capital Partners LP held 5.84 million and 2.79 million representing 8.76% and 4.18% respectively at the close of the last trading session. As of Sep 29, 2019, Blackrock Inc. accounted for 2.7 million shares at over 180.1 million. This represented 4.04% of shares outstanding. Tpg Group Holdings (sbs) Advisors, Inc. held 2.25 million shares at over 150.48 million representing 3.38% of shares outstanding.

GRA Insider Activity

On 8/14/2019, by the name 40 North Management Llc bought 122096.0 shares worth $7.7 million at the price of $63.27 per share. Filings also show that Festa Alfred E sold a total of 90640.0 shares on 5/01/2019 valued at $6.8 million. Since the last insider activity, the company’s share price has dropped -16.01%.