Vistra Corp. (NYSE: VST) is -10.38% lower on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $14.72 and a high of $24.20 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will make a comeback and enjoy potential growth. Why not look at analysts view on what the future holds for the stock. The VST stock was last observed hovering at around $16.87 in the last trading session, with the day’s gains setting it 0.75% off its average median price target of $24.00 for the next 12 months. It is also 48.18% off the consensus price target high of $34.00 offered by 12 analysts, but current levels are 11.9% higher than the price target low of $20.00 for the same period.
Currently trading at $17.62, the stock is 0.02% and -11.40% below its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 6.43 million and changing 4.45% at the moment leaves the stock -7.98% off its SMA200. VST registered 7.50% gain for a year compared to 6-month loss of -2.17%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $19.39 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $19.16.
The stock witnessed a 2.14% gain in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a -5.83%, and is 5.51% up over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 3.94% over the week and 4.42% over the month.
Vistra Corp. (VST) has around 1640 employees, a market worth around $8.61B and $11.44B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 13.60 and Fwd P/E is 9.80. Profit margin for the company is 5.60%. Distance from 52-week low is 19.70% and -27.19% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (6.80%).
Vistra Corp. (VST) Analyst Forecasts
Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Vistra Corp. (VST) is a “Buy”. 12 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 1.90, where 2 rate it as a Hold and 0 think it is a “Overweight”. 10 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 0 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.
Vistra Corp. is expected to release its quarterly report on 04/30/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at -$0.73 with sales reaching $2.95B over the same period.The EPS is expected to shrink by -30.20% this year, but quarterly earnings will post 8.00% year-over-year. Quarterly sales are estimated to grow 3.40% in year-over-year returns.
Vistra Corp. (VST) Top Institutional Holders
595 institutions hold shares in Vistra Corp. (VST), with 1.28M shares held by insiders accounting for 0.26% while institutional investors hold 93.68% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 489.22M, and float is at 479.90M with Short Float at 1.83%. Institutions hold 93.43% of the Float.
The top institutional shareholder in the company is Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) with over 46.06 million shares valued at $905.49 million. The investor’s holdings represent 9.52% of the VST Shares outstanding. As of Dec 30, 2020, the second largest holder is FMR, LLC with 36.15 million shares valued at $710.78 million to account for 7.47% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Oaktree Capital Management, LP which holds 30.28 million shares representing 6.26% and valued at over $595.27 million, while Blackrock Inc. holds 5.91% of the shares totaling 28.58 million with a market value of $561.87 million.
Vistra Corp. (VST) Insider Activity
A total of 47 insider transactions have happened at Vistra Corp. (VST) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 23 and purchases happening 24 times. The most recent transaction is an insider sale by Oaktree Capital Group Holdings ,the company’s. SEC filings show that Oaktree Capital Group Holdings sold 7,204 shares of the company’s common stock on Mar 19 at a price of $16.84 per share for a total of $0.12 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 29.94 million shares.
Vistra Corp. disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Mar 04 that HELM SCOTT B (Director) bought a total of 10,000 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Mar 04 and was made at $16.76 per share for $0.17 million. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 0.22 million shares of the VST stock.
Still, SEC filings show that on Mar 03, FERRAIOLI BRIAN K (Director) acquired 3,000 shares at an average price of $16.60 for $49800.0. The insider now directly holds 6,000 shares of Vistra Corp. (VST).
Vistra Corp. (VST): Who are the competitors?
The company’s main competitors (and peers) include NextEra Energy Partners LP (NEP) that is 76.27% higher over the past 12 months. Short interest in the company’s stock has risen 14.68% from the last report on Feb 11, 2021 to stand at a total of 7.5 million short shares sold with a short interest ratio of 0.89.