Texas (August 1, 2014) Wax Ink has issued a Negative Investment Interest opinion for Ashland, Inc. (NYE: ASH), based on a recent intrinsic value review that placed fair value for the company between $47-$58.
A Negative Investment Interest opinion (sell) means that the current key performance indicators (KPIs) and associated financial metrics do not favor a position in this stock as an active investment at this time.
The recent close of $104.65 is approximately 269% above a fair value buy target for the stock and approximately 79% above a fair value close target for the stock. The recent close is also 13% below analysts' twelve-month $120.00 median price target for the stock.
The recent close represents a 21% increase in the one-year price of the stock, while year-over-year sales decreased 5%, year-over-year earnings increased 20%, year-over-year debt decreased 6%, and year-over-year free cash flow increased 14%.
The company paid a dividend of $1.14, a year-over-year increase of 44%.
The stock currently has a trailing twelve-month PE Ratio of 13, and a PEG Ratio of 0.9 basis estimated forward earnings growth of 14%.
In the past 52 weeks, share prices have moved between a high of $110.02 and a low of $84.43, placing current equilibrium at $102.23. With the recent close, the stock is trading 6% below the 52 week high, 19% above the 52 week low, and 2% above current equilibrium.
The three-month average daily trading volume for this stock is approximately 0.597 million shares and the recent average daily trading volume is approximately 1.002 million shares. There are approximately 0.724 million short interest shares which places the days to cover at 1.36.
Ashland, Inc. is a specialty chemicals company.
The company's listed competitors include Arkema, Brenntag AG, and Momentive Specialty Chemicals, Inc..
Financial information contained in this alert, was taken from the company's most recent annual SEC filing for year ending September 30, 2013. Unless otherwise noted, all prices are per share.
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