Steady With Possible Growth: Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK) and CF Industries Holdings Inc. (CF)

On Feb 27, HAGEMANN ROBERT, Director bought 15,000 shares of Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), with the average selling price of the stock being $12.25 per share. The total amount realized from this purchase $183,750. A document was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to notify the public about the purchase of the shares.

In addition to that, EVP and President, Americas – Yost Joseph P exercised an option an extra 39,532 shares of this stock in a transaction that took place a day before, on Feb 25, with a share exercised an option at an average of $0.00 and a total of $0 was realized from this transaction. After the transaction, the EVP and President, Americas – Yost Joseph P was left with 346,458 shares of the company’s stock, which is currently worth around $0.0.

The recent price movement of GPK means that it is now down by -1.95% from its 52-week high and 46.56% up against its 52-week low prices. Over the past one week, the price volatility of GPK stands at 1.40% while the volatility over the past one month is 1.43%. The beta score for this stock is 1.46. A beta score below 1 means that the stock has a low volatility while above 1 signifies that a stock is highly volatile at that particular moment, a data that traders use to keep tabs on their investments.

The company published its latest quarterly earnings, with the report showing that the company recorded 0.23 earnings per share (EPS) during that period. This report was above the expectations of analysts of 0.19 by 0.04. The revenue by the firm was 1.58B for the quarter.

The shares of Graphic Packaging Holding Company (GPK) gained by 0.24%, leading to a gain of $0.04 per share, and saw GPK end the trading session at $16.62 on Wednesday 01/15/20. GPK started the trading session at $16.56, before reaching a daily high of $16.70. It wasn’t able to sustain that growth though and soon jumped to hit a daily low of $16.45.

The trading volume on Wednesday stood at 1972860, which was below the stock’s 3-month average volume of 3.14 million shares, out of a total 287.83M shares. As the price of the stock climbed, the market valuation of the company gained to 4.81 billion.

The shares of CF Industries Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CF) went up by 0.51% by the end of the recent trading session. This movement saw its price surge to close at $45.65, which was higher than the previous closing price of $45.42. Over the past one week, the price of CF has slipped by -0.31%, while it has recorded a gain of 1.13% over the past one month. Its three-month performance saw CF lose -6.03% while its six-month performance saw it drop by -3.73%. The situation is different though over the past one year, as the stock price went up by 5.43%, while its year-to-date (YTD) price performance slipped by -4.38%. The stock price has gone up by +5.38% compared to its 90-day low, while it is down -7.30% compared to its 90-day high price.

Let’s take a look at its short, medium and long-term indicators. Composite Indicators shows that Trendspotter rated the stock as a Sell. In the short-term, the stock has a 20-day average volume of 1,927,565 shares, with the short-term indicators averagely rating the stock as a Hold. A look at its medium-term indicators reveals that it has a 50-Day average volume of 1,883,224 shares and the indicators have an average rating of 100% Sell. The last indicators, the long-term see CF stock with a 100-Day average volume of 1,968,302 shares, giving it an average rating of 50% Sell. A look at the general picture of all short, medium and long-term indicators leaves CF with an average rating of 56% Sell.

Several brokerage firms sent out their reports CF stock not long ago. In its report sent out on December 10, 2019, Bernstein lowered its ratings on CF from a Mkt Perform to a Underperform. In an earlier report on November 25, 2019, BofA/Merrill Upgrade the stock from a Neutral to a Buy. Cowen meanwhile in its report on September 26, 2019 Reiterated its rating of the stock to “Outperform”.

In related news to the company’s stock, around 97.30% shares are being held by institutional investors. In a recent SEC filing, the company revealed that 544 institutions currently hold the CF stock. In the last quarter, a 204,237,371 CF shares were in the possession of institutions. On the other hand, the company recorded 68 new institutions who bought it their stock, while 41 institutions sold their entire CF reserve. Of the current institutions investing in the stock, 247 increased their investment while 229 decreased their investment in the stock.