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Vistra Corp. (NYSE: VST): Is It A Buying Opportunity Again?

After Hours

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. After-hours trades for Vistra Corp. (VST) shows that investor sentiment remained intact, with the stock’s consolidated last price rising by $1.11, or 3.49%, to $32.90. The Vistra Corp. has recorded 185,852 volume in the after hours trading session. The stock was recently discussed on Yahoo Finance as it revealed that Blackstone and Airbnb Set to Join S&P 500; Others to Join S&P 100, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600.

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Stocks Info

VST belongs to the Utilities sector of the NYSE while operating in the Utilities – Independent Power Producers industry. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $31.79 and fluctuated between $31.99 as its day high and $31.59 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Vistra Corp. is $11.55B. A total of 3.87 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 3.39M shares.

Insider Activity

Investors also take into account insider trades in predicting how the stock will perform in the future. During the recent three months, VST has seen 1 BUY and 2 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 10,000 and the disposition of 7,047 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 40 BUYs and 35 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 708,702 shares during that period but sold 6,359,060.

In the most recent transaction, Moore Stephanie Zapata sold 107,466 shares of VST for 30.22 per share on Aug 14. After the transaction, the EVP and General Counsel now owns 137,782 company shares. In a previous transaction on Aug 11, Kirby Carrie Lee sold 149,421 shares at 30.29 per share. VST shares that EVP and Chief Admin. Officer owns now total 160,100.

Among the insiders who sold shares, Moore Stephanie Zapata disposed of 122,662 shares on Aug 11 at a per-share price of $30.57. This resulted in the EVP and General Counsel holding 137,782 shares of VST after the transaction. In another insider transaction, Lagacy Julie A. bought 10,000 shares at $24.84 per share on Jun 21. Company shares held by the Director now total 16,923.


Paying dividends generates immediate cash flow for investors and indicates a positive outlook for the company. Vistra Corp. pays an annual dividend of $0.82, resulting in a dividend yield of 2.59%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 8.68. VST’s most recent ex-dividend date was 9/19/2023 when it declared a $0.2060 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 9/29/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 6/30/2023 with an ex-dividend date of 6/20/2023. The VST stock dividend was $0.2040 per share in cash.

While price targets are rarely accurate, they tend to exert some kind of influence from time to time and are often taken into account by investors. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for VST in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $35.50 with high estimates of $40.00 and low estimates of $31.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, VST has a high of $31.68 and a low of $20.76.

As of this writing, VST has an earnings estimate of $1.42 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 2 estimates, with a high estimate of $1.66 per share and a lower estimate of $1.18. The company reported an EPS of $1.71 in the last quarter, which was 8,650.00% higher than expectations of -$0.02.

Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly

An organization’s balance sheet depicts the assets and liabilities it has, as well as the amount of equity invested. Investors can measure a company’s prospects by calculating its financial ratios using this information. VST’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $1.32B in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $11.01B in debt and $5.84B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $9.01, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $8.29B.

Analysts Opinion

There is a slight risk associated with trading before and after the market open. Due to lower liquidity and higher volatility, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads on particular security due to the release of critical financial information after regular trading hours. Currently, 0 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 VST is Buy with a score of 5.00.

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