Can Buying Hope Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ: HOPE) Still Be Worthwhile?


Hope Bancorp Inc. (NASDAQ:HOPE) does about 665.19K shares in volume on a normal day but saw 474047 shares change hands in Friday trading. The company now has a market cap of 1.61B USD. Its current market price is $13.30, marking an increase of 0.99% compared to the previous close of $13.17. The 52 week high reached by this stock is $17.33 whilst the lowest price level in 52 weeks is $12.06. The script in recent trading has seen the stock touch a high of $13.345 and a low of $13.11.

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Hope Bancorp Inc. (HOPE) has a 20-day trading average at $13.10 and the current price is -23.25% off the 52-week high compared with 10.33% distance from its 52-week low. The 50-day simple moving average of the closing price is $12.96 and its 200-day simple moving average is $13.79. If we look at the stock’s price movements over the week, volatility stands at 2.04%, which increases to 2.60% over 1 month. It is also key to look at other market indicators of price movement for the stock, where we see that the relative strength index (RSI) is at 53.79 to suggest the stock is neutral.

5 analysts observing the Hope Bancorp Inc. (HOPE) stock have set the 12-month price targets for the company’s shares at between $13.00 and $14.00. The consensus objective for the share price is $13.50, suggesting that the stock has a potential upside of 1.48% over the period. The median price target is 1.48% away from the current levels at $13.50.

FactSet Research has provided data showing that 5 brokerages have issued ratings for the stock. 0 analysts have rated it as a sell, while 0 advise that it is a overweight. 0 analysts have rated it as a buy and 5 have advised that investors hold their positions. The consensus recommendation rating is Hold and Wall Street’s advice is for investors to Hold the stock.

The company shares received a number of brokerage firm price updates over the past month, with the latest being on May 18, 2022 when DA Davidson downgraded the stock to “Neutral” and issued a price target of between $20 and $16.

The current price level is 1.67%, 2.64%, and -3.56% away from its SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200 respectively, with the HOPE price moving above the 50-day SMA on February 17. Hope Bancorp Inc. (HOPE) stock is up 1.22% over the week and 4.89% over the past month. Its price is 3.83% year-to-date and -23.03% over the past year.

The stock last released its quarterly earnings report for quarter ended 12/30/2022, with the company’s earnings per share (EPS) of $0.43 below consensus estimates by -$0.02. The company’s next earnings report is expected on 04/18/2023, with forecasts estimating quarterly EPS at $0.38 and $1.5 for whole year. HOPE’s earnings per share are forecast to shrink by -17.10% this year and 4.70% over next year. Expected sales for next quarter are $155.04 million, which analysts say will come at $626.25 million for the current fiscal year and next year at $656.91 million. In addition, estimates put the company’s current quarterly revenue at an average of $153.99 million.

Its 12-month price target is $13.50. To reach the target analysts have set, the stock logically needs to grow 1.48 percent from here. Of course, the average price target is just what the average analysts believe a stock will be worth in the next 52 weeks, and is only one metric. There are analysts with lower targets than the average, including one bearish Wall Street research firm advocating investors to wait for the price to pull back to $13.00, given the recent momentum. And then, on the bullish side of things, one analyst is expecting the stock to peak at $14.00.

Outstanding shares total 119.48M with insiders holding 4.93% of the shares and institutional holders owning 86.70% of the company’s common stock. The company has a return on investment of 18.30% and return on equity of 10.80%. The price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio) amounts to 7.34 while the forward price to earnings ratio is 8.46. The beta has a value of 1.19. Price to book ratio is 0.80 and price to sales ratio is 2.24.

iShares Core S&P Small Cap ETF isn’t the only investment manager who changed stakes and is followed by Undiscovered Managers Behavioral, which added 0.66 million shares to end up with 6,732,474 shares worth $86.78 million.


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