Valley National Bancorp (VLY) shares saw a recent bid of $11.46 and 1.4M shares have exchanged hands in the recent trading session, yielding a 0.17% gain over the past week. The stock price increased 0.35% or $-0.04 versus $11.42 at the end of the prior session. This change led market cap to move at $3.04B, putting the price -10.61% below the 52-week high and 34.98% above the 52-week low. The company’s stock has a normal trading capacity of 1.95M shares while the relative volume is 0.71.
To stay one step ahead we extended our research by comparing different price targets. The stock notched a 12-month high of $12.57 while $14.00 target is by far the most aggressive out of analysts who are currently evaluating the company, $1.43 higher than the next highest 52-week price estimate. The lowest 12-month price target for the shares is $11.00, which would be decrease of about -4% of its current value. The mean target of $12.50 should be compared with the price when the stock was languishing around $8.49 a share. And it remains to be seen which target price VLY can achieve without sacrificing much as the company is holding a 21.91% gain for the past twelve months.
By historical standards, Valley National Bancorp remains a cheap stock. The company’s current price-earnings ratio amounts to 17.23 times earnings, below the average P/E ratio of 21.16 times earnings. For now, Valley National Bancorp is the toast of Wall Street as its ABR stands at 2.90 with 0 out of 8 analysts rating the stock a buy. Over the short term, some market observers may have noticed that Valley National Bancorp has a 7.63% short float with 15 days to cover. It becomes significant when you consider how many shares are shorted versus the average daily volume, means how many days to cover those short shares at that volume. Valley National Bancorp has far performed well this year, with the share price down -1.55% since January. Over the past 2 quarters, the stock is down -0.78%, compared with a fall of nearly -8.39% for 3 months and about -4.66% for the past 30 days.
Last time, the company shocked Wall Street by reporting EPS of $0.17, smashing the consensus of $0.17 per share. Revenue for the quarter also killed consensus, coming in at $187.59M, compared to the consensus of 185.44M. Nonetheless, from here on out, earnings per share forecasts for the current quarter are $0.18. The company is expected to report EPS as high as $0.18 and as low as $0.17 per share. Similarly, full-year EPS forecasts have ranged between $0.69 and $0.73. The mean EPS estimate is $0.71. On the other side, sales forecasts for the current quarter are $190.32M. The stock is expected to report revenue as high as $193.3M and as low as $186.55M per share. Similarly, full-year sales forecasts have ranged between $750.68M and $781.99M. The mean revenue estimate is $769M.
Over the last 5 years, Valley National Bancorp has averaged a -3.20% YoY EPS growth rate and a 2.60% revenue growth rate. Analysts are expecting EPS growth rates to be at 49.10% this quarter and EPS estimate for next year reflect 10.83% growth rate.
Sell-side analysts also have something to say about this company. Sandler O’Neill had a markedly different take on 14/11/2016, proposing that Valley National Bancorp is now considered Hold versus prior Buy rating. Piper Jaffray had a markedly different take on 08/08/2016, proposing that Valley National Bancorp is now considered Neutral versus prior Overweight rating. Piper Jaffray raised its rating on Valley National Bancorp to Overweight on 03/02/2016 in a reversal from its prior Neutral rating. RBC Capital Mkts analysts stated on 28/01/2016 that they maintained their Sector Perform rating.