HSBC Securities lowered the price target for the Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ:CTSH) stock from “a Buy” to “a Hold”. The rating was released on August 17, 2022, according to finviz. We previously noted in another research note published on July 28, 2022 by JP Morgan that downgraded the stock from an Overweight to a Neutral with a price target of $77 for CTSH stock. The research report from UBS has upgraded the stock from Sell to Neutral, with a price target set at $89. The stock was downgraded by Citigroup, who disclosed in a research note on January 14, 2022, from Buy to Neutral and set the price objective to $95. In their research brief published January 10, 2022, Goldman analysts initiated the Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation stock to Buy with a price target of $104.
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The latest trade, Performances and Moving Averages give us the following Picture
The share price of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ:CTSH) dipped -3.03% to close Wednesday’s market session at $60.08, lower as compared to yesterday’s close. The stock price fluctuated between $60.06 and $62.81 throughout the trading session with the volume trading being 4036013 shares, which represented a significant variation when compared to the three months average volume of 3.04 million shares. The firm’s stock price fluctuated -3.14% within the last five trades and -10.21% within the last 30 trades, which was a significant change from the beginning of this year. Despite the fact that the share price decreased -35.48% in the last 6 months and -10.97% was subtracted to its value over the previous 3 months. CTSH stock is trading at a margin of -5.94%, -9.44% and -22.97% apart from the 20-Day, 50-Day and 200-Day Simple Moving Average prices.
As of the close of trading, CTSH deals in the Technology domain. The stock is trading -35.72 percent below its 52-week high and -1.25 percent above its 52-week low. For example, looking both at the price and the high and low measurements of 52 weeks will give you a clearer picture of the direction the price is heading. The firm’s Weighted Alpha is -29.3. A positive weighted alpha indicates the firm has done well over the course of the year, whereas one below 0 indicates that the firm has done poorly.
What Does Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation’s Profitability and Valuation Ratios Tell Us About the Stock?
With regard to the profitability of the company, the operating margin is currently at 15.30 percent and the profit margin is 11.70 percent, and the company has reported a gross margin of 36.70 percent. The profit margin, also known as the revenue ratio or gross profit ratio, is an efficiency figure used to estimate the business’s profitability by comparing net income and sales. The higher the number, the more profits are generated for the company and vice versa.
The stock’s market cap achieved a total value of $31.03 billion as of the last trading session. Market capitalization is the total value of all outstanding shares of a corporation and it is used to measure a company’s market value. The price-to-earnings ratio for Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ:CTSH) is 13.95. The price-to-earnings ratio is a method of assessing corporate values by comparing them to their per-share profit. Forward P/E stands at 12.01. Forward price-to-earnings is calculated using predicted earnings for the next financial year’s P/E determination. The stock has achieved an effective Price-to-Sales Ratio of 1.61 that mirrors the cost to be found for sales by the market. The firm managed a Price-to-Book ratio of 2.61, which equates the market value of a stock with its book value.
Is Insider Trading a Real Thing?
Almost all investors and traders prefer to invest in shares controlled by the management of a corporation as a management company will be more likely to run the business itself and to never conduct things against the management’s desires and will always try to do what is best for their shareholders. Currently, 0.10 percent of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation shares are owned by insiders, and 93.20 percent are held by financial institutions. Abdalla Zein, the Director at Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (CTSH) has sold 4,368 shares of firm on Sep 09 at a price of $65.44 against the total amount of $0.29 million. In another inside trade, Patsalos-Fox Michael, Director of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation (NASDAQ:CTSH) sold 5,687 shares of the firm on May 17 for a total worth of $0.42 million at a price of $74.40. An inside trade which took place on May 10, EVP, Head of Global Delivery of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation Stafford Andrew J sold 5,867 shares of firm against total price of $0.45 million at the cost of $77.24 per share.