Vertex Energy Inc (VTNR) Stock: A Look at the Analyst Recommendations

VTNR has 36-month beta value of 1.62. Analysts have mixed views on the stock, with 1 analysts rating it as a “buy,” 1 as “overweight,” 1 as “hold,” and 0 as “sell.”

The public float for VTNR is 84.78M, and currently, short sellers hold a 20.82% ratio of that float. The average trading volume of VTNR on April 03, 2024 was 2.67M shares.

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VTNR) stock’s latest price update

The stock of Vertex Energy Inc (NASDAQ: VTNR) has decreased by -0.76 when compared to last closing price of 1.31. Despite this, the company has experienced a 1.56% gain in its stock price over the last five trading sessions. Seeking Alpha reported 2024-02-28 that Vertex Energy, Inc. (VTNR) Q4 2023 Earnings Call Transcript

VTNR’s Market Performance

Vertex Energy Inc (VTNR) has seen a 1.56% rise in stock performance for the week, with a -3.70% decline in the past month and a -46.50% plunge in the past quarter. The volatility ratio for the week is 8.90%, and the volatility levels for the past 30 days are at 9.48% for VTNR. The simple moving average for the past 20 days is 0.15% for VTNR’s stock, with a -64.54% simple moving average for the past 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of VTNR

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for VTNR stocks, with Northland Capital repeating the rating for VTNR by listing it as a “Market Perform.” The predicted price for VTNR in the upcoming period, according to Northland Capital is $2 based on the research report published on January 24, 2024 of the current year 2024.

Stifel, on the other hand, stated in their research note that they expect to see VTNR reach a price target of $4. The rating they have provided for VTNR stocks is “Hold” according to the report published on December 19th, 2023.

VTNR Trading at -10.12% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought VTNR to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -87.96% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 9.48%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 8.90%, as shares sank -2.99% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading -31.58% lower at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, VTNR rose by +1.55%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by -78.12% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $1.2960. In addition, Vertex Energy Inc saw -61.65% 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 VTNR starting from Stratton Christopher Allen, who sale 100,000 shares at the price of $3.93 back on Nov 10 ’23. After this action, Stratton Christopher Allen now owns 88,405 shares of Vertex Energy Inc, valued at $392,600 using the latest closing price.

Rhame James Gary, the Chief Operating Officer of Vertex Energy Inc, purchase 4,000 shares at $6.33 during a trade that took place back on May 12 ’23, which means that Rhame James Gary is holding 14,648 shares at $25,310 based on the most recent closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for VTNR

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • -0.01 for the present operating margin
  • 0.05 for the gross margin

The net margin for Vertex Energy Inc stands at -0.04. The total capital return value is set at -0.05. Equity return is now at value -69.81, with -14.75 for asset returns.

Based on Vertex Energy Inc (VTNR), the company’s capital structure generated 0.52 points at debt to capital in total, while cash flow to debt ratio is standing at -0.28. The debt to equity ratio resting at 1.07. The interest coverage ratio of the stock is -0.24.

Currently, EBITDA for the company is 2.55 million with net debt to EBITDA at 75.49. When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 0.12. The receivables turnover for the company is 87.85for trailing twelve months and the total asset turnover is 3.72. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 1.07.

Conclusion

To put it simply, Vertex Energy Inc (VTNR) has had a bad performance in recent times. Analysts have a mixed opinion on the stock, with some rating it as a “buy” and others 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.

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