Better Execution Leading To Better Valuation For Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM)

The price of Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (NYSE:SQM) stock ended January 15, 2020 trading at $30.98 which saw downtrend of 16.07% since the beginning of 2020. For most investors, the -0.77% rally in the share price could have prompted them to sell the stock, but doing that would be a mistake as it would be taking into consideration only the short-term performance of the stock.

A look at the SQM stock today shows that it has lost -26.34% of its value over the past one year, which has led to some investors becoming concerned about the short-term performance of Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (NYSE:SQM). If we turn to the stock analysts in general, they revealed that most of them are still bearish about the chances of the shares. The consensus rating from analysts for Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) is 3 which is a sell rating. Over the past week, the stock has been rated as a Buy 0 times while it has been rated as a Hold 7 times. The 52-week high price for SQM is $45.38 which is attained on February 25 while its 52-week low currently stands at $22.71 and was reached on August 23. At the moment, the stock is trading $2.59 above its YTD moving average set at $28.39.

Moving on, Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) last released its earnings for the September 2020 quarter of the fiscal year. The company performed lower over the past three months, with its earnings down -28% year-over-year at $0.23. The company brought a surprise of -12 as analysts were predicting $0.26 per share. The revenue generated by Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. in the September 2020 quarter declined by -13% to reach $473.07 million. This is low compared to the $543.16 million it recorded in the same quarter last year. To see what traders should watch in its December 2019 financial results, analysts have consensus earnings per share of $0.26 which is lower than the $0.41 recorded in the same quarter a year ago. Over the next 12 months, the earnings per share are expected to move by 12.61%. If it achieves that, then the company firmly believes that its long-term annual earnings growth rate target set at 10 % could be achieved. The company has also recorded a revenue of $2.04 billion over the past 12 months.

In order to determine if the stock is worthy of your patience, you should know that Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (NYSE:SQM) is now trading at 25.5X the earnings per share recorded over the past 12 months. This is an uptrend compared to the readings of the sector which is 21.95X while the industry average stands at 31.23X. The most popular way to value a stock is to look at its historic Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio with the help of its earnings report over the past 12 months. Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. was able to achieve an EPS of $1.22 during the last four quarters. The P/E ratio is widely known due to the fact that it is widely used, simple, effective, and, tautologically.

On Wednesday, January 15 of 2020, the 14-day Absolute ATR (Average True Range) for SQM moved by $0.94. Over the past seven days, the stock’s average daily volatility stood at 4.26%. A stock with a low volatility is usually a good one as it means that investors are very confident in the stock. Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A.’s trading volume has recently moved to 2.34 million, which is compared with the average daily volume of 916.58 thousand shares.

The daily chart for SQM, points out that the company has recorded 3.89% gains over the past six months. However, it is still 36.42% higher than its most recent low trading price. The performance of the stock over the past five days shows that it is up 11% though it is 11.91% above its three-week moving average. It is worthy to know that price action is not always clear. There are times when a stock will undergo some negatives, trade erratically within some range or even act very unpredictable. When that happens, then making use of moving averages makes the pattern clearer for traders. Comparing to 50-day SMA, the price of the stock has surged by 18.44% while it is up 5.84% against the 200-day SMA. This is usually seen as the last support line for a stock, as a move downward could signal a bearish trend or market. The daily chart of SQM reveals that it has gained some grounds as it ended Wednesday with a 15.94% rise over the past 30 days.