Vocera stock: buy or sell?

VCRA stock price: $23.73 -0.59% At close on August 22nd, 2019

Updated on:
August 22nd, 2019

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Vocera shares slightly fell -0.59% to $23.73 today.

Vocera Communications, Inc. provides secure, integrated, and intelligent communication and workflow solutions that empowers mobile workers in healthcare, hospitality, energy, and other mission-critical mobile work environments in the United States and internationally.

Should I buy Vocera stock?

Trading stocks requires experience and discipline, and your buying and selling decisions must come following a methodology. Having a trading strategy helps to make decisions easier, quicker and with less hesitations. At Stocks2.com, we like to use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

Currently, Vocera stock doesn't match any of these trading strategies, so our recommendation is not to buy.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean VCRA will slide in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is Vocera stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are posted by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. At Stocks2.com, we detected 10 ratings published for VCRA stock in the last month.

The general sentiment of these ratings is bullish for VCRA stock, with 7 positive ratings.
Is VCRA a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-7-26Piper Jaffray CompaniesAverageOverweight
2019-7-26Piper Jaffray CompaniesAverageOverweight
2019-7-26Dougherty & CoBuyBuy
2019-7-26Cantor Fitzgeraldn/aOverweight
2019-7-26Cantor Fitzgeraldn/aOverweight
2019-2-8CitigroupBuyNeutral
2019-2-28Dougherty & CoNeutralBuy
2019-2-11Chardan CapitalBuyNeutral
2019-1-14Dougherty & CoBuyNeutral
2019-1-11Cantor Fitzgeraldn/aOverweight

Vocera stock analysis

Daily outlook

Vocera shares slightly fell -0.59% to $23.73 today.

Vocera Communications slightly fell a lame -0.59% and closed at $23.73.

VCRA stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Shares of Vocera Communications remained constant a disappointing -0.42% this week. For 3 weeks in a row, price slid and lost a -9.97%. Early August VCRA collapsed a hair-raising -5.66% in just one week.

Vocera Communications is now in fresh lows to find new supports after lossing the support. Far behind is the all-time high Vocera hit early February and since then the price is -44.30% below that top. Since mid May, when VCRA stock price broke down the 40-weeks moving avarage line, it slid $-11.41 per share (-32.47%). Stocks under the 40w moving average line are usually not recommended for average traders.

VCRA stock chart (weekly)

Vocera stock price history

Vocera IPO was on March 28th, 2012 at $24.00 per share1. Since then, VCRA stock sliced a -1.10%, with a yearly average of -0.20%.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

Vocera stock historical price chart

VCRA stock reached all-time highs on February with a price of $42.60.

Vocera stock price target is $36.80

Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. 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. We have 8 price targets for Vocera Communications stock released in the last month:
VCRA stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-7-26Piper Jaffray CompaniesReiterates$40.00$34.00-15%
2019-7-26Piper Jaffray CompaniesLowers Target$40.00$34.00-15%
2019-7-26Dougherty & CoReiterates$38.00$37.00-2.6%
2019-7-26Cantor FitzgeraldReiterates$40.00$36.00-10%
2019-7-26Cantor FitzgeraldLowers Target$40.00$36.00-10%
2019-2-28Dougherty & CoUpgradesn/a$39.00-
2019-2-11Chardan CapitalDowngrades$46.00$33.00-28.3%
2019-1-11Cantor FitzgeraldReiteratesn/a$45.00-
(in average)$40.70$36.80-10.0%
Moving in a range from $45.00 and $33.00, the price forecast for VCRA stock is $36.80. In average, analysts' outlook on VCRA price target is negative, reducing the forecast by a -10.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Since February, when Vocera presented its last earnings report, it . Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
VCRA earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q2-n/a-0.26n/a
2017-Q32017-10-250.1n/an/a
2017-Q4-n/a0.08n/a
2018-Q12018-04-26-0.2-0.12n/a
2018-Q22018-07-26-0.14-0.09n/a
2018-Q32018-10-25-0.070.03n/a
2018-Q42019-02-07n/an/an/a
2019-Q1-n/an/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a
2019-Q3-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual sales report draw an excellent increase of 8.22% to $179.63 M dollars. When comparing 2018 vs 2017, in contrast, profit margin (that is, the net income divided by revenues) inched a 1.18% to -5.39%.

VCRA annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$103 M-$-10.47 M-10.2%-
2014$95 M-6.91%$-28.30 M-29.7%170.27%
2015$104 M9.08%$-17.11 M-16.4%-39.55%
2016$128 M22.68%$-17.27 M-13.5%0.94%
2017$166 M29.99%$-10.90 M-6.6%-36.89%
2018$180 M8.22%$-9.67 M-5.4%-11.22%

Quarterly financial results

Vocera reported $48.88 million in revenues for 2018-Q4, a 2.21% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $-1.10 M with a profit margin of -2.25%. Profit margin decreased a -1.73% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was -0.52%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, Vocera Communications sales marked an amazing increase and boosted a 20.16%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Vocera Communications posted 3 negative quarters in a row.
VCRA quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q2$38 M-$-7.35 M-19.1%-
2017-Q3$42 M10.01%$-2.89 M-6.8%-60.68%
2017-Q4$41 M-3.83%$-2.95 M-7.2%1.94%
2018-Q1$40 M-1.07%$-4.77 M-11.9%61.91%
2018-Q2$43 M6.07%$-3.55 M-8.3%-25.49%
2018-Q3$48 M12.03%$-0.25 M-0.5%-92.99%
2018-Q4$49 M2.21%$-1.10 M-2.3%342.17%
2019-Q1$35 M-27.76%$-11.74 M-33.2%965.85%

Vocera ownership

When you are planning to invest in shares of a company, it's worth to overview its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For Vocera, 2.02% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

Bearish positions for VCRA 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 companies:

VCRACLROCSCOHPQHRC
Market cap$738.7 M$36.6 M$206.2 B$28.6 B$7.0 B
Total shares31.1 M16.6 M4,280.0 M1,510.0 M66.7 M
Float shares30.5 M4.7 M4,280.0 M1,500.0 M66.6 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)119.3%9.9%77.3%83.9%86.3%
  - Insider holdings (%)2.0%145.0%0.1%0.2%0.1%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

Vocera summary

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Open$23.86
Close$23.73
Day range$23.61 - $24.20
Previous close$23.87
Session gain-0.59%
Average true range$0.85
50d mov avg$28.17
100d mov avg$30.15
200d mov avg$33.28
Daily pattern
Weekly pattern lt01c

Vocera performance

To better understand Vocera performance you must becnhmark its gains with other related stocks in same sector or industry. In the following table, we compare Vocera to ClearOne, Cisco Systems, HP, Hill-Rom and Plantronics:
Stock3m6m12m
VCRAVocera Communicat...-25.84%-22.83%-29.69%
CLROClearOne4.27%14.58%2.33%
CSCOCisco Systems-10.83%-2.63%6.88%
HPQHP-4.73%-18.93%-19.28%
HRCHill-Rom8.82%1.51%8.60%
PLTPlantronics-37.63%-44.90%-58.14%

Vocera competitors

One check before trading any stock is to have a look a list of its competitors, in this case for Vocera. We picked 5 companies as Vocera competitors as they are in the same industry or have similar market objectives.