Discover Financial Services (DFS) Stock: A Look at the Analyst Recommendations

Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) has a higher price-to-earnings ratio of 11.28x compared to its average ratio. DFS has 36-month beta value of 1.44. Analysts have mixed views on the stock, with 8 analysts rating it as a “buy,” 8 as “overweight,” 8 as “hold,” and 1 as “sell.”

The public float for DFS is 248.67M, and currently, short sellers hold a 1.19% ratio of that float. The average trading volume of DFS on April 04, 2024 was 2.48M shares.

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DFS) stock’s latest price update

The stock price of Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) has plunged by -0.72 when compared to previous closing price of 127.81, but the company has seen a 1.17% gain in its stock price over the last five trading sessions. Business Wire reported 2024-03-28 that RIVERWOODS, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) plans to report its First quarter 2024 results after the market closes on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. The earnings release will be available through Discover’s Investor Relations website at https://investorrelations.discover.com. A conference call to discuss the firm’s results, outlook and related matters will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 7:00 a.m. Central Time. The live audio webcast will be accessible to the.

DFS’s Market Performance

DFS’s stock has risen by 1.17% in the past week, with a monthly rise of 5.68% and a quarterly rise of 12.95%. The volatility ratio for the week is 1.96% while the volatility levels for the last 30 days are 1.99% for Discover Financial Services The simple moving average for the past 20 days is 2.02% for DFS’s stock, with a 23.13% simple moving average for the past 200 days.

Analysts’ Opinion of DFS

Many brokerage firms have already submitted their reports for DFS stocks, with Morgan Stanley repeating the rating for DFS by listing it as a “Overweight.” The predicted price for DFS in the upcoming period, according to Morgan Stanley is $133 based on the research report published on February 08, 2024 of the current year 2024.

HSBC Securities, on the other hand, stated in their research note that they expect to see DFS reach a price target of $107, previously predicting the price at $121. The rating they have provided for DFS stocks is “Hold” according to the report published on January 19th, 2024.

Deutsche Bank gave a rating of “Hold” to DFS, setting the target price at $140 in the report published on January 10th of the current year.

DFS Trading at 8.73% from the 50-Day Moving Average

After a stumble in the market that brought DFS to its low price for the period of the last 52 weeks, the company was unable to rebound, for now settling with -3.62% of loss for the given period.

Volatility was left at 1.99%, however, over the last 30 days, the volatility rate increased by 1.96%, as shares surge +4.63% for the moving average over the last 20 days. Over the last 50 days, in opposition, the stock is trading +27.34% upper at present.

During the last 5 trading sessions, DFS rose by +1.17%, which changed the moving average for the period of 200-days by +8.21% in comparison to the 20-day moving average, which settled at $124.65. In addition, Discover Financial Services saw 12.89% 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 DFS starting from Greene John, who sale 35,191 shares at the price of $106.51 back on Jan 26 ’24. After this action, Greene John now owns 18,592 shares of Discover Financial Services, valued at $3,748,193 using the latest closing price.

Stock Fundamentals for DFS

Current profitability levels for the company are sitting at:

  • 0.5 for the present operating margin
  • 1.0 for the gross margin

The net margin for Discover Financial Services stands at 0.17. The total capital return value is set at 0.06. Equity return is now at value 19.91, with 2.07 for asset returns.

Based on Discover Financial Services (DFS), the company’s capital structure generated 0.59 points at debt to capital in total, while cash flow to debt ratio is standing at 0.4. The debt to equity ratio resting at 1.44. The interest coverage ratio of the stock is 2.41.

Currently, EBITDA for the company is 168.0 million with net debt to EBITDA at 2.21. When we switch over and look at the enterprise to sales, we see a ratio of 2.4. The liquidity ratio also appears to be rather interesting for investors as it stands at 0.56.

Conclusion

To put it simply, Discover Financial Services (DFS) has had a better 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 is worth mentioning that the stock is currently trading in close proximity to its 50-day moving average and its 52-week high.

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