It may be riskier to trade before market opening and after market closing than during regular market hours. Since issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. Extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular securities due to lower liquidity and higher volatility. After-hours trades for Ferguson plc (FERG) shows that investor sentiment remained broken, with the stock’s consolidated last price falling by -$1.03, or -0.73%, to $141.00. The Ferguson plc has recorded 13,570 volume in the after hours trading session. Most recently, Yahoo Finance reported about the stock as it publicized that Ferguson PLC Announces Transaction in Own Shares.
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Ferguson plc is listed on the NYSE in the Industrials sector while operating in the Industrial Distribution industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $142.03 and fluctuated between $142.82 as its day high and $140.95 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Ferguson plc is $28.59B. A total of 1.27 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 1.29M shares.
Insider trades are also considered as indicators of how a stock will perform in the future, in addition to stock predictions. During the recent three months, FERG has seen 3 BUY and 2 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 7,832 and the disposition of 1,689 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 30 BUYs and 13 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 143,752 shares during that period but sold 78,517.
The reasons why investors prefer dividend-paying companies are that dividends generate immediate cash flow and indicate that the company will perform well in the future. Ferguson plc pays an annual dividend of $3.41, resulting in a dividend yield of 2.40%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 14.40.
Despite rarely being accurate, price targets can exert some form of influence at times, and are often regarded as valuable by markets. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for FERG in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $146.94 with high estimates of $194.00 and low estimates of $105.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, FERG has a high of $149.80 and a low of $99.16.
As of this writing, FERG has an earnings estimate of $2.14 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 5 estimates, with a high estimate of $2.25 per share and a lower estimate of $2.08. The company reported an EPS of $2.95 in the last quarter, which was 6.10% higher than expectations of $2.78.
Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly
As well as showing the assets and liabilities of the company, the balance sheet also shows the amount invested in equity by investors. Investors can analyze a company’s future prospects by calculating its financial ratios based on this information. FERG’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $1.33B in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $3.80B in debt and $4.84B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $22.82, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $4.81B.
After-hours and pre-market trading may carry slightly higher risks than regular market hours. As issuers often announce important financial information outside regular trading hours, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for a particular security. That is because extended-hours trading may result in lower liquidity and higher volatility. Currently, 16 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for FERG is Underweight with a score of 4.00. A total of 4 analysts rated the stock as Buy while 2 rated it as Overweight while 9 rated it as Hold. Among the other participants, 0 thought the stock was Underweight and 1 thought it should be Sold.