Franklin Resources Inc. (BEN) Downgrade Issued by Wall Street Gurus

Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE:BEN) went down by -1.77% from its latest closing price compared to the recent 1-year high of $29.27. The company’s stock price has collected 3.74% of gains in the last five trading sessions. Press Release reported 8 hours ago that Templeton Global Income Fund (“GIM”) Announces Distribution

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Is It Worth Investing in Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE :BEN) Right Now?

Franklin Resources Inc. (NYSE:BEN) scored a price-to-earnings ratio above its average ratio, recording 9.75 x from its present earnings ratio. Plus, the 36-month beta value for BEN is at 1.20. Opinions of the stock are interesting as 0 analysts out of 15 who provided ratings for Franklin Resources Inc. declared the stock was a “buy,” while 0 rated the stock as “overweight,” 9 rated it as “hold,” and 5 as “sell.”


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The average price from analysts is $21.63, which is $1.76 above the current price. BEN currently public float of 268.40M and currently shorts hold a 10.72% ratio of that float. Today, the average trading volume of BEN was 3.06M shares.

BEN’s Market Performance

BEN stocks went up by 3.74% for the week, with a monthly drop of -4.90% and a quarterly performance of -1.91%, while its annual performance rate touched -26.13%. The volatility ratio for the week stands at 2.63% while the volatility levels for the past 30 days are set at 2.96% for Franklin Resources Inc.. The simple moving average for the period of the last 20 days is -2.30% for BEN stocks with a simple moving average of -5.78% for the last 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of BEN

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for BEN stocks, with JP Morgan repeating the rating for BEN by listing it as a “Neutral.” The predicted price for BEN in the upcoming period, according to JP Morgan is $23 based on the research report published on September 29th of the current year 2020.

Morgan Stanley, on the other hand, stated in their research note that they expect to see BEN reach a price target of $20. The rating they have provided for BEN stocks is “Underweight” according to the report published on September 03rd, 2020.

Goldman gave a rating of “Neutral” to BEN, setting the target price at $28 in the report published on February 25th of the current year.

BEN Trading at -5.02% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought BEN to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -31.70% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 2.96%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 2.63%, as shares sank -8.18% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading -4.40% lower at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, BEN rose by +3.74%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by -23.61% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $20.37. In addition, Franklin Resources Inc. saw -23.06% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further losses.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at BEN starting from Byerwalter Mariann H, who sale 1,827 shares at the price of $21.90 back on Aug 17. After this action, Byerwalter Mariann H now owns 9,188 shares of Franklin Resources Inc., valued at $40,011 using the latest closing price.

Tyle Craig Steven, the EVP & General Counsel of Franklin Resources Inc., sale 5,000 shares at $18.96 during a trade that took place back on Jun 01, which means that Tyle Craig Steven is holding 99,403 shares at $94,800 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for BEN

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • +26.84 for the present operating margin
  • +66.65 for the gross margin

The net margin for Franklin Resources Inc. stands at +20.61. The total capital return value is set at 12.81, while invested capital returns managed to touch 11.16. Equity return is now at value 10.10, with 6.80 for asset returns.

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Based on Franklin Resources Inc. (BEN), the company’s capital structure generated 7.55 points at debt to equity in total, while total debt to capital is 7.02. Total debt to assets is 5.15, with long-term debt to equity ratio resting at 7.31. Finally, the long-term debt to capital ratio is 6.80.

Currently, EBITDA for the company is 961.20M with total debt to EBITDA at 0.45. When we switch over and look at the enterrpise to sales, we see a ratio of 1.88, with the company’s debt to enterprise value settled at 0.07. The receivables turnover for the company is 6.82 and the total asset turnover is 0.40.

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