Westrock stock: buy or sell?

WRK stock price: $33.63 0.18% At close on August 22nd, 2019

Updated on:
August 22nd, 2019

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Westrock shares stayed constant 0.18% to $33.63 today.

WestRock Company manufactures and sells paper and packaging solutions for the consumer and corrugated markets in North America, South America, Europe, Australia, and Asia.

Should I buy Westrock stock?

Even if you are a experienced or a novel trader, best trading results come from using an investing strategy that never leaves to random or subjective opinions when is the best moment to buy or sell stocks. That's why is so important to choose your own trading plan that fits your character as inversor. At Stocks2.com, we use very simple but trusted and powerful trend following trading strategies. Simple things usually work the best.

Currently, Westrock 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 is not a selling recommendation at all, just it's not the best moment to buy if you follow any of these trading strategies.

Is Westrock stock a buy?

Banks and financial institutions post stock ratings everyday. At Stocks2.com, we collected 11 ratings published for WRK stock in the last month.

Is WRK a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-7-15KeyCorpSector WeightUnderweight
2019-6-24UBS Groupn/aBuy
2019-6-24KeyCorpn/aHold
2019-5-15UBS Groupn/aBuy
2019-5-1KeyCorpn/aHold
2019-4-17Deutsche BankBuyHold
2019-1-8Royal Bank of CanadaOutperformSector Perform
2019-1-7KeyCorpn/aHold
2019-1-7CitigroupBuyNeutral
2019-1-7BarclaysBuyNeutral
2019-1-7BarclaysBuyNeutral

Westrock stock analysis

Daily outlook

Westrock ended today at $33.63 and stayed steady a neutral 0.18%.

Shares of Westrock ended today at $33.63 and stayed steady a neutral 0.18%. Since price and SMA100d lines crossed down on August/5, WRK fell $-2.74 per share (-7.53%).

WRK stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Westrock closed this week at $33.63 and raised a tiny 0.84%. Early August WRK collapsed a scary -5.97% in just one week.

Observing the weekly chart, price is in a simple uptrend, tested $32.38 level and now climbing back aiming its last top at $38.13. Since early August, when WRK stock price broke down the 20-weeks moving avarage line, it slid $-2.74 per share (-7.53%).

WRK stock chart (weekly)

Westrock stock price history

Westrock IPO was on June 24th, 2015 at $49.06 per share1. Since then, WRK stock declined a -31.50%, with a yearly average of -7.90%.

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

Westrock stock historical price chart

WRK stock reached 52-week highs on September at $54.62, and all-time highs 2018-01-26 with a price of 66.82.

Westrock stock price target is $41.60

Predicting the price evolution of a stock or any financial instrument in a reliable and repeatable way is probably impossible. However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. You should not follow the analysts' WRK stock price predictions in the hope that they will be met as they may be wrong and not met. We detected 7 price forecasts for Westrock stock posted in the last 30 days:
WRK stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-7-15KeyCorpDowngradesn/a$32.00-
2019-6-24UBS GroupSet Price Targetn/a$44.00-
2019-5-15UBS GroupInitiatesn/a$47.00-
2019-4-17Deutsche BankDowngrades$51.00$42.00-17.6%
2019-1-7CitigroupDowngrades$52.00$42.00-19.2%
2019-1-7BarclaysReiterates$52.00$42.00-19.2%
2019-1-7BarclaysDowngrades$52.00$42.00-19.2%
(in average)$51.80$41.60-20.0%
Moving in a range from $47.00 and $32.00, the price prediction for WRK stock is $41.60. In average, analysts' outlook on WRK price forecast is negative, downgrading the prediction by a -20.00% from previous estimations.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Westrock reported slightly good results for 2018-Q4 on January. Westrock gained Earnings per Share (EPS) by 3.70%, beating analysts consensus of $0.80. Westrock posted $0.83.
WRK earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise
2017-Q1-n/a0.57n/a
2017-Q2-n/a0.85n/a
2017-Q32017-11-020.80.878.8%
2017-Q42018-01-290.770.8713.0%
2018-Q12018-04-270.830.830.0%
2018-Q22018-08-021.051.093.8%
2018-Q32018-11-051.241.294.0%
2018-Q42019-01-310.80.833.7%
2019-Q1-n/an/an/a
2019-Q2-n/an/an/a

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual revenues report draw a great gain of 9.59% to $16,285.10 M dollars. However, its income margin (compared to revenues) rose to 11.70%, that is $1,906.10 million.

Westrock presents anual results in September, and to compare its evolution since then, we estimate annual sales and income figures by adding results from the last 4 quarters. This is called TTM (or Twelve Trailing Months). So, Westrock TTM sales up to December 2018 were $16,718.50 and income $910.10 M USD. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem Westrock business evolution since September 2018: Annual sales up to December, compared to lastest yearly report, gained a tiny 2.66%. Instead, profit margin (net income/revenues) slipped at 11.70%.

WRK annual Sales and Income evolution
YearSalesYoYIncome/(margin)YoY
2013$9,550 M-$727 M7.6%-
2014$9,895 M3.61%$480 M4.8%-34.03%
2015$11,381 M15.02%$507 M4.5%5.71%
2016$14,172 M24.52%$-396.30 M-2.8%-178.15%
2017$14,860 M4.85%$708 M4.8%-278.70%
2018$16,285 M9.59%$1,906 M11.7%169.15%
TTM $16,719 M2.66%$910 M5.4%-52.25%

Quarterly financial results

Westrock reported $4,327.40 M in sales for 2018-Q4, a 2.14% up compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $139.10 M with a profit margin of 3.21%. Profit margin depreciated a -3.39% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 6.60%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, Westrock sales marked a superb growth and rocketed a 11.13%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, Westrock posted 4 negative quarters in a row.
WRK quarterly Sales and Income evolution
QuarterSales1QoQ2Income1/(margin)QoQ2
2017-Q1$3,660 M-$103 M2.8%-
2017-Q2$3,700 M1.09%$328 M8.9%218.14%
2017-Q3$4,061 M9.75%$196 M4.8%-40.21%
2017-Q4$3,894 M-4.10%$1,135 M29.1%478.84%
2018-Q1$4,017 M3.16%$223 M5.6%-80.34%
2018-Q2$4,138 M3.00%$268 M6.5%20.16%
2018-Q3$4,237 M2.40%$280 M6.6%4.25%
2018-Q4$4,327 M2.14%$139 M3.2%-50.25%

Westrock ownership

When you are planning to invest in a stock, 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 Westrock, 1.36% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

Bearish positions for WRK stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to Westrock:

WRKCLWGPKIPPKG
Market cap$0.0 M$269.3 M$3.9 B$15.5 B$9.6 B
Total shares0.0 M16.5 M295.3 M397.3 M94.5 M
Float shares253.5 M16.2 M275.3 M386.4 M92.5 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)90.1%89.5%118.9%83.5%89.6%
  - Insider holdings (%)1.4%3.0%0.8%0.3%1.2%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

Westrock summary

Thursday, August 22nd, 2019
Open$33.73
Close$33.63
Day range$33.40 - $33.91
Previous close$33.57
Session gain0.18%
Average true range$1.12
50d mov avg$35.39
100d mov avg$35.78
200d mov avg$37.65
Daily patternlt02a
Weekly pattern lb01a

Westrock performance

Performance as an absolute value is never valid if it's not benchmarked against competitors or related stocks in the industry. We selected Clearwater Paper, Graphic Packaging, International Paper and as the bechmarking frame for Westrock stock.
Stock3m6m12m
WRKWestrock-2.18%-12.17%-36.40%
CLWClearwater Paper-9.19%-51.89%-43.30%
GPKGraphic Packaging4.95%6.29%-4.30%
IPInternational Pap...-7.62%-14.47%-21.19%
PKG12.18%4.68%-5.54%

Westrock competitors

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