Do Analysts Recommend You Should Buy L Brands, Inc. (LB) Stock?

On Tuesday, shares of L Brands, Inc. (NYSE:LB) marked $20.03 per share versus a previous $20.19 closing price. With having a -0.79% loss, an insight into the fundamental values of L Brands, Inc., investors would also find a great ally in the technical patterns of the stock movements showed in stock charts. LB showed a rise of 10.54% within its YTD performance, with highs and lows between $15.80 – $29.02 during the period of 52 weeks, compared to the simple moving average of -5.91% in the period of the last 200 days.

Deutsche Bank equity researchers changed the status of L Brands, Inc. (NYSE: LB) shares from “Hold” to a “Buy” rating in the report published on January 10th, 2020. Other analysts, including BofA/Merrill, also published their reports on LB shares. BofA/Merrill repeated the rating from the previous report, marking LB under “Buy” rating, in the report published on January 3rd, 2020. Additionally, LB shares got another “In-line” rating from Evercore ISI. On November 22nd, 2019, Telsey Advisory Group Reiterated an Market Perform rating and increased its price target from $22 to $19. On the other hand, Barclays Initiated the “Underweight” rating for LB shares, as published in the report on November 13th, 2019. Deutsche Bank seems to be going bullish on the price of LB shares, based on the price prediction for LB, indicating that the shares will jump from $31 to $20, giving the shares “Hold” rating based on their report from November 11th, 2019. Another “Underperform” rating came from Credit Suisse, providing a prediction for $20 price target according to the report published in October 18th, 2019.

L Brands, Inc. (LB) Analysis

The present dividend yield for LB owners is set at 0.06, marking the return investors will get regardless of the company’s performance in the upcoming period. However, in order for the company to be able to pay its dividends, just like it is the case with L Brands, Inc., the company needs to provide a healthy cash flow, currently at the value of 13.56. In addition, the growth of sales from quarter to quarter is recording -3.50%, hinting the company’s progress in the upcoming progress.

In order to gain a clear insight on the performance of L Brands, Inc. (LB) as it may occur in the future, there are more than several well-rounded types of analysis and research techniques, while equity is most certainly one of the more important indicators into the company’s growth and performance. In this case, you want to make sure that the return on the present equity of -37.10% is enough for you to make a profit out of your investment. You may also count in the quick ratio of the company, currently set at 0.40 so you would make sure that the company is able to cover the debts it may have, which can be easily seen in annual reports of the company.

Set to affect the volatility of a given stock, the average volume can also be a valuable indicator, while LB is currently recording an average of 7.71M in volumes. The volatility of the stock on monthly basis is set at 3.71%, while the weekly volatility levels are marked at 4.33%with 11.15% of gain in the last seven days. Additionally, long-term investors are predicting the target price of $19.92, indicating growth from the present price of $20.03, which can represent yet another valuable research and analysis points that can help you decide whether to invest in LB or pass.

What to Look for When Analyzing L Brands, Inc. Shares?

L Brands, Inc. (LB) is based in the USA and it represents one of the well-known company operating with Services sector. If you wish to compare LB shares with other companies under Electronic Equipment and Consumer Goods, a factor to note is the P/E value of 15.37 for L Brands, Inc., while the value 8.97 can represent an indicator in the future growth of the company in terms of investor’s expectations. The later value should have a steady growth rate, increasing and growing gradually, which serves the purpose of reliably showcasing the progress of the company. The value 1.30 is supported by the yearly ESP growth of -25.70%.

Besides from looking into the fundamentals, you should also note the number of people inside the company owning the shares, as the values should be in line with the expectations of investors. In that spirit, the present ownership of stocks inside the company is set at 0.10%, which can provide you with an insight of how involved executives are in owning shares of the company. In oppose to the executives’ share, the institutional ownership counts 77.80% of shares, carrying an equal significance as an indicator of value, as the presence of large investors may signal a strong company.

Are Institutional Investors Increasing Stakes in LB Shares?

It appears that more than several institutional investors and hedge funds decided to increase stakes in LB in the recent period. That is how The Vanguard Group, Inc. now has an increase position in LB by 1.99% in the first quarter, owning 25.64 million shares of LB stocks, with the value of $464.52 million after the purchase of an additional 499,407 shares during the last quarter. In the meanwhile, BlackRock Fund Advisors also increased their stake in LB shares changed 6.33% in the first quarter, which means that the company now owns 16.79 million shares of company, all valued at $304.26 million after the acquisition of additional 1,000,367 shares during the last quarter.

SSgA Funds Management, Inc. acquired a new position in L Brands, Inc. during the first quarter, with the value of $216.15 million, and Geode Capital Management LLC increased their stake in the company’s shares by 2.38% in the first quarter, now owning 88,163 shares valued at $68.64 million after the acquisition of the additional 3.79 million shares during the last quarter. In the end, UBS Securities LLC increased their position by 855.47% during the first quarter, now owning 3.74 million LB shares, now holding the value of $67.84 million in LB with the purchase of the additional 3,499,766 shares during the period of the last quarter. At the present, 77.80% of LB shares are in the ownership of institutional investors.