The 0.18% rally in PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ:PACW) might have been tempting for an investor to buy at this point and in fact that would prove a good idea, as sell-side analysts think there is almost 22.89% more gain yet to come for shareholders. Analysts seemed to set $48 as highest price target on its way to greater gains. PACW stock enjoyed an overall uptrend of 17.37% from the beginning of 2019. The closing share price quoted for March 12, 2019 was $39.06. The average 12-month price target they expect from the stock is $43.42. This mean price target represents 11.16% upside over its previous closing price. The median price target they presented was $44 for the next 12-months, which suggests a 12.65% upside from current levels. Some analysts have a lowest price target on the stock of $37, which would mean a -5.27% gain in value.
A fresh roundup today notes that PACW stock has lost around -27.83% of its value in the past 12 months, suggesting more investors have expressed concern about about in that time period. If we turn to the Street in general, the positives still outweigh the negatives as we can see that PacWest Bancorp (PACW), have a ,neutral (2.1) analyst consensus rating. In the current time, the stock has 7 buy and 5 hold ratings. The stock registered its 52-week high of $55.86 on June 11 and its 52-week low of $31.16 on December 24. Currently, the shares are trading $0.13 above its YTD moving average of $38.93.
To help you decide whether it’s worth the wait (and the money), PacWest Bancorp (NASDAQ:PACW) is currently trading at 10.55X the company’s trailing-12-month earnings per share, which represents a discount compared to the sector’s 19.15X and comes in below its industry’s 19.06X. The most popular method for valuing a stock is to study the historic Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio using reported earnings for the past 12 months. The EPS number for this stock in the most recent four quarters of earnings stood at $3.7. P/E ratio is so popular because it’s simple, it’s effective, and, tautologically, because everyone uses it.
The 14-day Absolute ATR (Average True Range) on Tuesday, March 12 of 2019 shows that the price on average moves $0.78. The average daily volatility is 1.89% over the past week. Low volatility is good for the stock and it means we have calm and confident investors. If you check recent PacWest Bancorp (PACW) volume, you will see that it has changed to 1.34 million shares versus the average daily volume of 1.27 million shares.
When you look at the daily chart for PACW, you will observe the stock held -22.19% losses in the 6-month period and maintains 25.35% distance from its most recent low. The past 5-day performance for the share stays negative at -5.08% but down -3.85% from its three-week moving average. Comparing to 50-day SMA, PacWest Bancorp shares price is now up 1.26%. It also closed -12.79% higher from its 200-day SMA. This is often seen as the last line of defense for long term trends to find support at, else be considered broken and/or in a bear market. The daily chart of the stock more clearly reveals the slide in prices as it closed Tuesday with a 1-month performance at -0.91%.
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