The Reason To Stay Long On NetApp, Inc. (NTAP)

The price of NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) stock ended February 07, 2020 trading at $57.34 which saw uptrend of -7.89% since the beginning of 2020. For most investors, the -1.39% 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 NTAP stock today shows that it has lost -14.41% of its value over the past one year, which has led to some investors becoming concerned about the short-term performance of NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP). If we turn to the stock analysts in general, they revealed that most of them are still bullish about the chances of the shares. The consensus rating from analysts for NetApp, Inc. (NTAP) is 2.8 which is a ,neutral rating. Over the past week, the stock has been rated as a Buy 3 times while it has been rated as a Hold 13 times. The 52-week high price for NTAP is $78.35 which is attained on April 17 while its 52-week low currently stands at $44.55 and was reached on August 14. At the moment, the stock is trading $-2.7 below its YTD moving average set at $60.04.

Moving on, NetApp, Inc. (NTAP) last released its earnings for the October 2020 quarter of the fiscal year. The company performed decently over the past three months, with its earnings up 2% year-over-year at $0.95. The company brought a surprise of 20 as analysts were predicting $0.79 per share. The revenue generated by NetApp, Inc. in the October 2020 quarter declined by -10% to reach $1.37 billion. This is low compared to the $1.52 billion it recorded in the same quarter last year. To see what traders should watch in its January 2020 financial results, analysts have consensus earnings per share of $1.04 which is higher than the $1.03 recorded in the same quarter a year ago. Over the next 12 months, the earnings per share are expected to move by 9.92%. If it achieves that, then the company firmly believes that its long-term annual earnings growth rate target set at 7.86 % could be achieved. The company has also recorded a revenue of $5.76 billion over the past 12 months.

In order to determine if the stock is worthy of your patience, you should know that NetApp, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTAP) is now trading at 14.22X the earnings per share recorded over the past 12 months. This is a downtrend compared to the readings of the sector which is 32.46X while the industry average stands at 24.79X. 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. NetApp, Inc. was able to achieve an EPS of $4.03 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 Friday, February 07 of 2020, the 14-day Absolute ATR (Average True Range) for NTAP moved by $1.48. Over the past seven days, the stock’s average daily volatility stood at 2.04%. A stock with a low volatility is usually a good one as it means that investors are very confident in the stock. NetApp, Inc.’s trading volume has recently moved to 1.24 million, which is compared with the average daily volume of 2.15 million shares.

The daily chart for NTAP, points out that the company has recorded 20.08% gains over the past six months. However, it is still 28.71% higher than its most recent low trading price. The performance of the stock over the past five days shows that it is up 7.38% though it is -3.84% below 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 dropped by -5.77% while it is down -2.24% 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 NTAP reveals that it has lost some grounds as it ended Friday with a -9.19% fall over the past 30 days.