Fact Check: What’s wrong with Westlake Chemical Corporation (WLK) today

The biggest losers of the session on the Wall Street include Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK), which fell -1.68 points or -2.51% to trade at $65.14 as last check. The stock closed last session at $66.82 and sets an active trading volume day with a reported 250147 contracts so far this session. WLK shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 461.58 thousand shares, but with a 35.58 million float and a 3.89% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for WLK stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $72.89 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 11.9% from where the WLK share price has been trading recently.

During the recent trading session for Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK), the company witnessed their stock rise $1.96 over a week and tumble down $-5.93 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $81.04, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be higher. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 02/15/19. The recent low of $55.82 stood for a -19.61% since 08/28/19, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 1.65 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is greater than one, it implies that the stock is more volatile than the market, a data that traders are keeping close attention to.

Looking at the current readings for Westlake Chemical Corporation, the two-week RSI stands at 46.68. This figure suggests that WLK 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 WLK readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 76.8% at this stage. This figure means that WLK share price today is being oversold.

Technical chart claims that Westlake Chemical Corporation (WLK) would settle between $67.51/share to $68.19/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $66.17 mark, then the market for Westlake Chemical Corporation becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $65.51 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the green zone of MACD, with the indicator reading 1.53. 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 Vertical Research raised their recommendation on shares of WLK from Hold to Buy in their opinion released on January 21. SunTrust analysts have lowered their rating of Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK) stock from Buy to Hold in a separate flash note issued to investors on November 07. Analysts at Tudor Pickering lowered the stock to a Sell call from its previous Hold recommendation, in a research note that dated back to November 01.

WLK equity has an average rating of 2.8, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 18 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 11 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 7 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. 5 analysts rated Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE:WLK) as a buy or a strong buy while 2 advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company’s stock.

Moving on, WLK stock price is currently trading at 15.42X forward 12-month Consensus EPS estimates, and its P/E ratio is 18.4 while for the average stock in the same group, the multiple is 24.6. Westlake Chemical Corporation current P/B ratio of 1.5 means it is trading at a discount against its industry’s 3.5.

Westlake Chemical Corporation (WLK)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly -3.8% to hit $1.92 billion, based on current consensus estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over -5.4% from $8.63 billion to a noteworthy $8.16 billion. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, Westlake Chemical Corporation is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly -14.7% to hit $0.87 per share. For the fiscal year, WLK’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly -52.3% to hit $3.73 per share.