What Does Shorts Really Think About Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) Stock?

On December 03, 2019, Carnival Corporation & Plc (NYSE:CCL) shares lost -2.14% or -0.95 points to close at $43.54 with a thin trading volume of 3.091 million shares. It opened the trading session at $43.85, the shares rose to $43.85 and dropped to $43.27, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The company now has a market cap of $29.4 billion and currently has 674.85 million outstanding shares. Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) stock has accumulated 1.37 percent of market value in 21 trading days.

CCL stock’s trailing 3-year beta is 1.1, meaning there will be a greater rate of return, although posing a higher risk. The part of a firm’s profit given to each outstanding share of regular stock was $4.42 share in the trailing 52 weeks. The stock’s value fallen -11.68 percent year to date (YTD) compared to a decline of -27.78 percent in 52 week’s period. The firm’s shares are still trading -28.98 percent below its 1-year high of $61.31 and 9.07 percent up from 52-week low of $39.92. The average consensus ranking on the company is 2.6, on a ranging where 5 is equal to a consensus sell rating. In other words, the mean analyst recommendations are ranking this stock as a sell.

Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) is most likely going to rise 9.83 percent in the coming 12 months, as per price target approximations compiled by finviz. Nevertheless, they have set the price target at a $59-month high price target. This represents a whopping 35.51 percent increase from the current trading of shares. The 52-week median price target given by the analysts is $46.94, which means a return possibility of 7.81 percent in comparison with the closing price of the stock of $43.54 on December 03. The lowest price set for the stock is $38 — just above -12.72 percent from CCL share price now.

Past records have indicated that shares in Carnival Corporation & Plc declined on 21 different earnings reaction days and we have yet to see whether this trend will play out and remain in place when the company reports upcoming earnings. Investors will get the next hint of CCL’s Q4 earnings on December 23. Analysts are predicting revenue to climb 2.5 percent to $4.57B in the financial fourth quarter, while EPS will soar by about -30 percent to $0.49 per share. In the last quarter, it earnings of $2.63 per share came better than the $2.53674, adjusted, expected by Thomson Reuters consensus estimate. Revenue for the quarter was $6.53B, topping the $6.14B analysts had expected. Earnings are seen to rise by 23.5 percent this year, 2.9 percent in the coming year and the trend continues by 5 percent every year in the next 5 years.

Let’s take a glimpse at some insider activity at Carnival Corporation & Plc (NYSE:CCL) and observe the pattern. The earliest insider trade happened on 10/03/2019. BAND SIR JONATHON parted with a total of 5 thousand shares of the firm at average share price of $40.83. The total amount for the sale was set at $204.15 thousand. On completing this exchange, the Director account balance was 18.74 thousand shares. The stock grew 8.96 percent from that insider sale. On 07/03/2019, WEISENBURGER RANDALL J, Director, did a purchase of 20 thousand shares at a price of $46.5 per share. This increased 930 thousand shares to the insider’s fortune and the stock experienced a -4.32 percent retreat in price since the news became public. This exchange saw 122.93 thousand shares get into the Director account.

On 06/25/2019, President & CEO DONALD ARNOLD W recorded a purchase transaction valued at $997.32 thousand. The purchase at $45.23 a share has added 22.05 thousand shares into the insider’s portfolio position. Meanwhile, shares price witnessed -1.64 percent decrease since the transaction reporting date. The company insider is left with 603.91 thousand shares remaining in the account. Bernstein David, who works as CFO & CAO at the company, performed a sale of 24.68 thousand shares in a transaction worth $1.41 million. The disposal recorded on 02/15/2019 was priced at $57.08 per share. The stock price plunged -22.06 percent since the transaction. Bernstein David currently holds a stake of 45.68 thousand in CCL stock which is worth $1.99 million after the insider selling.

The stock is lingering around the initial support level of $43.26. After this, the following support is at the zone of $42.97. Up until the time the CCL stock hit levels beyond the current one, bulls should have no alarm. In terms of its momentum, the stock’s RSI hit 47.07 on the daily chart, and this may be a cause for concern. In case the price goes below $42.97 level on closing basis, there may be more profit booking with the stock growing weaker. Still, getting to the $43.84 level may cause a pull-back move approaching $44.13 mark.

Carnival Corporation & Plc (CCL) shares are trading at a P/E ratio of 10 times earnings posted in the trailing 12 months. The industry CCL deals with has an average P/E of 16.8. Its P/B ratio is standing at 1.3X compared to the 2.7 industry average. It is additionally sporting a 1.5 on the Price-to-Sales ratio, compared to the industry’s P/S average of 2.6. Carnival Corporation & Plc has a 38.7% gross profit margin, with its operating margin around 16.3%. Alongside this, the company’s net profit margin currently stands at 14.9%.