Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (LPI): what caused a meltdown today?

An interesting stock that came up in some of our conversations today is Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE:LPI). At current price of $2.42, the shares have already lost -0.16 points (-6.2% lower) from its previous close of $2.58. Should you buy or avoid them? The stock sets an active trading volume day with a reported 1295134 contracts so far this session. LPI shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 5.52 million shares, but with a 0.18 billion float and a -15.13% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for LPI stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $4.79 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 97.93% from where the LPI share price has been trading recently which is between $2.52 and $2.88. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $3.

The most recent news story about the stock that appeared in Yahoo Finance‘s news section was titled “These 4 Measures Indicate That Laredo Petroleum (NYSE:LPI) Is Using Debt Extensively” and dated August 05, 2019.

Looking at the current readings for Laredo Petroleum, Inc., the two-week RSI stands at 37.93. This figure suggests that LPI stock, for now, is neutral, meaning that the shares are stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic readings, on the other hand, based on the current LPI readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 12.71% at this stage. This figure means that LPI share price today is being overbought.

Technical chart claims that Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (LPI) would settle between $2.8/share to $3.02/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $2.44 mark, then the market for Laredo Petroleum, Inc. becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $2.3 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the red zone of MACD, with the indicator reading -0.25. Traders are always alerted for the move of a stock above or below the zero line due to the fact that the reading is an indicator of the position of the short-term average relative to the long-term average. If the MACD is above the zero line, then the short-term average relative is above that of the long-term average, thus implying an upward momentum. Vice versa is the case if the MACD is below the zero line.

Analysts at JP Morgan raised their recommendation on shares of LPI from Underweight to Neutral in their opinion released on July 31. Credit Suisse analysts bumped their rating on Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE:LPI) stock from Underperform to Neutral in a separate flash note issued to investors on July 10. Analysts at Williams Capital Group released an upgrade from Hold to Buy for the stock, in a research note that dated back to May 16.

LPI equity has an average rating of 2.57, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 14 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 9 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 5 were split even though not equally. Some analysts rate the stock as a buy or a strong buy while others rated it as a sell. 4 analysts rated Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (NYSE:LPI) as a buy or a strong buy while 1 advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company’s stock.

Moving on, LPI stock price is currently trading at 3.1X forward 12-month Consensus EPS estimates, and its P/S ratio is 4.2 while for the average stock in the same group, the multiple is 97.19. Laredo Petroleum, Inc. current P/E ratio of 25.35 means it is trading at a premium against its industry’s 14.67. In the past 5 years, this ratio for the stock has been fluctuating between 5.59 and 37.69.

Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (LPI)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly -28.75% to hit $199330, based on current Zacks Consensus Estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over -27.59% from $1.11 billion to a noteworthy $800700. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, Laredo Petroleum, Inc. is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly -29.63% to hit $0.19 per share. For the fiscal year, LPI’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly -18.28% to hit $0.76 per share.