Why Shares of W. P. Carey Inc. (WPC) Surged Today

W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE:WPC) is among the top gainers of the stock market today, skyrocketing 12.14% or (6.39 points) to $59.03 from its previous close of $52.64. Does this growth mean it the best stock to buy right now? The shares seem to have an active trading volume day with a reported 435628 contracts so far this session. WPC shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 777.93 thousand shares, but with a 0.17 billion float and a -17.89% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for WPC stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $86.63 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 46.76% from where the WPC share price has been trading recently.

During the recent trading session for W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE:WPC), the company witnessed their stock rise $3.96 over a week and tumble down $-29.26 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $93.62, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be higher. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 10/22/19. The recent low of $38.62 stood for a -36.95% since 03/19/20, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 0.88 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is less 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 W. P. Carey Inc., the two-week RSI stands at 42.18. This figure suggests that WPC 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 WPC readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 28.19% at this stage. This figure means that WPC share price today is being overbought.

Technical chart claims that W. P. Carey Inc. (WPC) would settle between $54.4/share to $56.16/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $49.14 mark, then the market for W. P. Carey Inc. becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $45.64 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the red zone of MACD, with the indicator reading -4.39. 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 Wells Fargo raised their recommendation on shares of WPC from Market Perform to Outperform in their opinion released on December 10. Evercore ISI analysts bumped their rating on W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE:WPC) stock from Underperform to In-line in a separate flash note issued to investors on November 11. Analysts at BMO Capital Markets, made their first call for the equity with a Outperform recommendation, according to a research note that dated back to October 25.

WPC equity has an average rating of 2.7, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 10 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 6 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 4 were split even though not equally. Some analysts rate the stock as a buy or a strong buy while no rated it as a sell. 4 analysts rated W. P. Carey Inc. (NYSE:WPC) as a buy or a strong buy while not a single analyst advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company’s stock.

Moving on, WPC stock price is currently trading at 27.49X forward 12-month Consensus EPS estimates, and its P/E ratio is 29.6 while for the average stock in the same group, the multiple is 95. W. P. Carey Inc. current P/B ratio of 1.3 means it is trading at a premium against its industry’s 1.1.

W. P. Carey Inc. (WPC)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly 8.2% to hit $305320, based on current consensus estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over 4.7% from $1.17 billion to a noteworthy $1.23 billion. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, W. P. Carey Inc. is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly 14.6% to hit $0.47 per share. For the fiscal year, WPC’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly 3.4% to hit $1.84 per share.