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Howmet Aerospace Inc. (HWM) vs. Its Peers: A Comparison

Howmet Aerospace Inc. (NYSE: HWM) has a price-to-earnings ratio of 37.14x that is above its average ratio. Additionally, the 36-month beta value for HWM is 1.44. There are mixed opinions on the stock, with 13 analysts rating it as a “buy,” 2 rating it as “overweight,” 3 rating it as “hold,” and 0 rating it as “sell.”

The average price predicted by analysts for HWM is $55.74, which is $8.51 above the current price. The public float for HWM is 409.37M and currently, short sellers hold a 0.95% ratio of that float. The average trading volume of HWM on September 19, 2023 was 2.66M shares.

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HWM) stock’s latest price update

The stock of Howmet Aerospace Inc. (NYSE: HWM) has increased by 0.88 when compared to last closing price of 46.68.Despite this, the company has seen a loss of -1.57% in its stock price over the last five trading days. Seeking Alpha reported 2023-09-18 that Howmet Aerospace delivered strong results in the most recent quarter, beating expectations and raising guidance. While there were some issues in the recent quarter, such as sequencing problems at a titanium plant, these are considered one-off events, and margins are expected to rebound. From a relative valuation perspective, HWM valuation is not expensive.

HWM’s Market Performance

Howmet Aerospace Inc. (HWM) has experienced a -1.57% fall in stock performance for the past week, with a -3.13% drop in the past month, and a 2.41% rise in the past quarter. The volatility ratio for the week is 1.69%, and the volatility levels for the past 30 days are at 1.64% for HWM. The simple moving average for the past 20 days is -2.66% for HWM’s stock, with a 7.11% simple moving average for the past 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of HWM

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for HWM stocks, with Robert W. Baird repeating the rating for HWM by listing it as a “Outperform.” The predicted price for HWM in the upcoming period, according to Robert W. Baird is $61 based on the research report published on July 25, 2023 of the current year 2023.

HWM Trading at -4.26% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought HWM to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -8.28% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 1.64%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 1.69%, as shares sank -3.46% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading -4.68% lower at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, HWM fell by -1.57%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by +26.52% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $48.29. In addition, Howmet Aerospace Inc. saw 19.49% in overturn over a single year, with a tendency to cut further gains.

Insider Trading

Reports are indicating that there were more than several insider trading activities at HWM starting from Marchuk Neil Edward, who sale 80,000 shares at the price of $50.06 back on Aug 09. After this action, Marchuk Neil Edward now owns 261,291 shares of Howmet Aerospace Inc., valued at $4,004,464 using the latest closing price.

Marchuk Neil Edward, the EVP, HR of Howmet Aerospace Inc., sale 57,000 shares at $43.61 during a trade that took place back on Mar 06, which means that Marchuk Neil Edward is holding 286,751 shares at $2,485,576 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for HWM

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • +18.26 for the present operating margin
  • +23.91 for the gross margin

The net margin for Howmet Aerospace Inc. stands at +8.28. The total capital return value is set at 13.15, while invested capital returns managed to touch 5.99. Equity return is now at value 14.90, with 5.20 for asset returns.

Based on Howmet Aerospace Inc. (HWM), the company’s capital structure generated 118.77 points at debt to equity in total, while total debt to capital is 54.29. Total debt to assets is 41.71, with long-term debt to equity ratio resting at 119.71. Finally, the long-term debt to capital ratio is 53.88.

When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 3.67, with the company’s debt to enterprise value settled at 0.21. The receivables turnover for the company is 11.83 and the total asset turnover is 0.55. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 2.12.


In conclusion, Howmet Aerospace Inc. (HWM) has seen mixed performance in recent times. Analysts have a mixed opinion on the stock, with some rating it as a “buy” and others rating it as a “hold”. It’s important to note that the stock is currently trading at a significant distance from its 50-day moving average and its 52-week high.