W.R. Grace stock: buy or sell?
September 20th, 2019
W. R. Grace & Co. produces and sells specialty chemicals and materials worldwide. It operates through two segments, Grace Catalysts Technologies and Grace Materials Technologies.
Should I buy W.R. Grace stock?Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. That's why is so important to define your own trading strategy that fits your character as inversor. There are thousands of trading strategies for you to choose, but at Stocks2.com we prefer those that are simple but successful.
None of our preferred buy setups matches with W.R. Grace stock situation right now, therefore this is not a suitable entry point.
|New all-time high||No|
|New 52 week high||No|
|Price crossing up 200d MA||No|
|100d MA crossing up 200d MA||No|
Is W.R. Grace stock a buy?
Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are posted by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness.At Stocks2.com, we collected 3 ratings published for GRA stock in the last 30 days.
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Previous rating||Current rating|
|2019-1-14||National Bank Financial||n/a||Outperform|
W.R. Grace stock analysis
W.R. Grace inched a good 1.03% and closed at $67.65.
Shares of W.R. Grace inched a good 1.03% and closed at $67.65. In the last 9 days when GRA stock price broke down the SMA200d line, it slid $-3.76 per share (-5.27%).
W.R. Grace eased a rough -2.58% this week.
W.R. Grace is in a glaring downtrend, marking consecutive declining tops and bottoms. Now is trading in between the - range. If the support holds the price, this might mark a double bottom configuration and create a flat-base to reverse this downtrend. Since late July, when GRA stock price broke down the 40-weeks moving avarage line, it slid $-8.75 per share (-11.45%). Stocks below the 200 days moving average line are usually not recommended for average traders.
W.R. Grace stock price history
W.R. Grace stock went public on January 4th, 1982 with a price of $2.771. Since then, GRA stock grew a 2,342.20%, with an average of 63.30% per year. If you had invested right after GRA's IPO a $1,000 in W.R. Grace stock in 1982, it would worth $23,422.00 today.
1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.
W.R. Grace stock historical price chart
GRA stock reached 52-week highs on July at $79.38, and all-time highs 2014-03-11 with a price of 100.49.
W.R. Grace stock price target is $89.00How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last month we only found 1 price prediction for W.R. Grace stock:
|Date||Analyst / Broker||Action||Previous target||Current target||Diff|
|2019-1-11||Loop Capital||Set Price Target||n/a||$89.00||-|
Financials and fundamental analysis
Earnings date and Earnings per ShareW.R. Grace reported nice results for 2018-Q4 on February. W.R. Grace jumped Earnings per Share (EPS) by 10.70%, beating experts estimates of $1.03. W.R. Grace posted $1.14.
|Quarter||Reporting date||Estimated EPS||Actual EPS||Surprise|
Annual financial resultsIn 2018, W.R. Grace annual sales skyrocketed an amazing 12.56% to $1,932.10 million USD from $1,716.50 marked in 2017. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, in the same way, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) jumped a 8.02% to 8.67%.
|2013||$3,060 M||-||$256 M8.4%||-|
|2014||$3,243 M||5.98%||$276 M8.5%||7.89%|
|2015||$3,052 M||-5.91%||$144 M4.7%||-47.81%|
|2016||$1,599 M||-47.61%||$94 M5.9%||-34.74%|
|2017||$1,717 M||7.38%||$11 M0.7%||-88.10%|
|2018||$1,932 M||12.56%||$168 M8.7%||1,396.43%|
Quarterly financial resultsW.R. Grace reported $520.00 million in revenues for 2018-Q4, a 5.07% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $69.10 M with a profit margin of 13.29%. Profit margin boosted a 10.04% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 3.25%. When comparing turnover to same quarter last year, W.R. Grace sales marked an astounding growth and rocketed a 13.17%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, W.R. Grace posted 3 positive quarters in a row.
|2017-Q2||$430 M||-||$44 M10.2%||-|
|2017-Q3||$430 M||0.00%||$47 M11.0%||7.97%|
|2017-Q4||$460 M||6.98%||$-123 M-26.8%||-359.49%|
|2018-Q1||$432 M||-6.09%||$44 M10.1%||-135.45%|
|2018-Q2||$486 M||12.56%||$39 M8.0%||-11.01%|
|2018-Q3||$495 M||1.89%||$16 M3.3%||-58.51%|
|2018-Q4||$520 M||5.07%||$69 M13.3%||329.19%|
|2019-Q1||$470 M||-9.71%||$25 M5.3%||-64.25%|
W.R. Grace ownershipWhen you are planning to invest in shares of a company, it's worth to review its ownership structure.
Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For W.R. Grace, 0.95% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.
Bearish positions for GRA stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.
For a better context understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related stocks:
|Market cap||$4.5 B||$7.3 B||$15.2 B||$975.0 M||$5.2 B|
|Total shares||66.7 M||106.0 M||123.7 M||81.9 M||229.5 M|
|Float shares||56.2 M||105.3 M||122.9 M||80.9 M||208.6 M|
|- Institutional holdings (%)||90.6%||98.6%||105.7%||101.5%||76.7%|
|- Insider holdings (%)||0.9%||0.5%||0.6%||1.3%||14.9%|
|Shares in short selling||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%||0.0%|
W.R. Grace summary
|Friday, September 20th, 2019|
|Day range||$66.92 - $68.33|
|Average true range||$1.61|
|50d mov avg||$69.03|
|100d mov avg||$71.58|
|200d mov avg||$71.55|
W.R. Grace performanceTo better understand W.R. Grace performance you must compare its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. In the following table, we compare W.R. Grace to Albemarle, Celanese, Ferro, Huntsman, Innospec and RPM International: