Is Vermilion Energy Inc. (NYSE: VET) Still A Hot Stock To Buy?

Vermilion Energy Inc. (NYSE:VET) price is hovering lower on Monday, August 13, dropping -5.30% below its previous close.

A look at today’s price movement shows that the recent level at last check reads $25.46, with intraday deals fluctuating between $24.00 and $25.78. The company’s 5Y monthly beta was ticking 3.25 while its P/E ratio in the trailing 12-month period read 4.58. Taking into account the 52-week price action we note that the stock hit a 52-week high of $26.77 and 52-week low of $5.51. The stock added 34.07% on its value in the past month.

Vermilion Energy Inc., which has a market valuation of $5.53 billion, is expected to release its quarterly earnings report Mar 07, 2022 – Mar 11, 2022. The company stock has a Forward Dividend ratio of 0.24, while the dividend yield is 0.94%. It is understandable that investor optimism is growing ahead of the company’s current quarter results. Analysts tracking VET have forecast the quarterly EPS to grow by 1.24 per share this quarter, while the same analysts predict the annual EPS to hit $5.58 for the year 2022 and up to $5.87 for 2023. In this case, analysts estimate an annual EPS growth of 3.50% for the year and 5.20% for the next year.

On average, analysts have forecast the company’s revenue for the quarter will hit $521.13 million, with the likely lows of $521.13 million and highs of $521.13 million. The average estimate suggests sales growth for the quarter will likely rise by 58.40% when compared to those recorded in the same quarter in the last financial year. Staying with the analyst view, there is a consensus estimate of $2.42 billion for the company’s annual revenue in 2022. Per this projection, the revenue is forecast to grow 53.00% above that which the company brought in 2022.

Revisions to the company’s EPS highlights a short term direction of a stock’s price movement, which in the last 7 days came up with no upward and no downward reviews. On the technical perspective front, indicators give VET a short term outlook of 50% Buy on average. Looking at the stock’s medium term indicators we note that it is averaging as a 100% Buy, while an average of long term indicators are currently assigning the stock as 100% Buy.

Here is a look at the average analyst rating for the stock as represented on a scale of 1.00 to 5.00, with the extremes of 1.00 and 5.00 suggesting the stock is strong buy or strong sell respectively. Specifically, 13 analysts have assigned VET a recommendation rating as follows: 4 rate it as a Hold; 7 advise Buy while 1 analyst(s) assign an Overweight rating. 0 analyst(s) have tagged the Vermilion Energy Inc. (VET) stock as Underweight, with 1 recommending Sell. In general, analysts have rated the stock Overweight, a scenario likely to bolster investors out for an opportunity to add to their holdings of the company’s shares.

If we dive deeper into the stock’s performance we see the positive picture represented by the PEG ratio, currently standing at 0.22. The overview shows that VET’s price is at present 1.33% off the SMA20 and 10.15% from the SMA50. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) metric on the 14-day timeframe is pointing at 53.77, with weekly volatility standing at 5.28%. The indicator jumps to 5.57% when calculated based on the past 30 days. Vermilion Energy Inc. (NYSE:VET)’s beta value is holding at 3.32, while the average true range (ATR) indicator is currently reading 1.49. Considering analysts have assigned the stock a price target range of $18.62-$40.63 as the low and high respectively, we find the trailing 12-month average consensus price target to be $31.54. Based on this estimate, we see that today’s price at last check is roughly 22.77% off the estimated low and -68.52% off the forecast high. Investors will no doubt be excited to see the share price fall to $31.25, which is the median consensus price, and at that level VET would be -29.61% from recent price.

Turning out attention to how the Vermilion Energy Inc. stock has performed in comparison to its peers in the industry, here’s what we find: VET’s stock is -5.30% on the day and 248.77% in the past 12 months, while Enerplus Corporation (ERF) traded -4.36% in the latest session and is positioned 151.38% up on its price 12 months ago. Another comparison is with Imperial Oil Limited (IMO) whose stock price is down -3.32% in the current trading session, and has flourished 67.15% over the past year. Also, Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNQ) is currently showing down trend of -3.30% while its price kept floating at 69.19% over the past year. As for Vermilion Energy Inc., the P/E ratio stands at 4.58 lower than that of Enerplus Corporation’s at 6.64 and Imperial Oil Limited’s 82.12. Elsewhere in the market, the S&P 500 Index has stumbled -0.23% in today’s early trading, with the Dow Jones Industrial also seeing a negative session so far with -0.08%.

An analysis of the Vermilion Energy Inc. (NYSE:VET) stock in terms of its daily trading volume indicates that the 3-month average is 2.76 million. However, this figure increases on the past 10-day timeline to an average of 2.4 million.

Current records show that the company has 164.52M in outstanding shares. The insiders’ percentage holdings are 1.91% of outstanding shares while the percentage share held by institutions stands at 31.32%. The stats also highlight that short interest as of Jul 14, 2022, stood at 3.92 million shares, which puts the short ratio at the time at 1.22. From this we can glean that short interest is 2.38% of company’s current outstanding shares. Notably, we see that shares short in July rose slightly given the previous month’s figure stood at 2.83 million. But the 102.22% upside, the stock’s price has registered year-to-date as of today’s value, will likely reignite investor interest given the prospect of it rallying even higher.

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