Will Bears Get Slaughtered? Textron Inc. (TXT), MetLife, Inc. (MET)

9 analysts out of 12 Wall Street brokerage firms rate Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) as a Buy, while 0 see it as a Sell. The rest 3 describe it as a Hold. TXT stock traded higher to an intra-day high of $53.43. At one point in session, its potential discontinued and the price was down to lows at $51.195. Analysts have set TXT’s consensus price at $73.55, effectively giving it a 38.75% projection on returns. Should the projected estimates be met, then the stock will likely hit its highest price at $82 (up 54.69% from current price levels). TXT has a 15.6% ROE, lower than the 27.11% average for the industry. The average ROE for the sector is 13.02%.

It is expected that in Dec 2018 quarter TXT will have an EPS of $1.01, while that of Mar 2019 is projected at $0.71. It means that there could be a 36.49% and -1.39% growth in the two quarters respectively. Yearly earnings are expected to rise by 31.02% to about $3.21. As for the coming year, growth will be about 14.02%, lifting earnings to $3.66. RSI after the last trading period was 31.93. TXT recorded a change of -5.59% over the past week and returned -23.85% over the last three months while the TXT stock’s monthly performance revealed a shift in price of -3.32%. The year to date (YTD) performance stands at -6.33%, and the bi-yearly performance specified an activity trend of -22.78% while the shares have moved -1.85% for the past 12 months.

Textron Inc. (TXT) currently trades at $53.01, which is lower by -2.64% its previous price. It has a total of 246.14 million outstanding shares, with an ATR of around 1.59. The company’s stock volume rose to 2.91 million, better than 1.91 million that represents its 50-day average. A 5-day decrease of about -5.59% in its price means TXT is now -6.33% lower on year-to-date. The shares have surrendered $43386.99 since its $72.87 52-week high price recorded on 25th of September 2018. Overall, it has seen a growth rate of -1.85 over the last 12 months. The current price per share is $1.52 above the 52 week low of $51.49 set on 6th of December 2018.

Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT)’s EPS was $0.61 as reported for the September quarter. In comparison, the same quarter a year ago had an EPS of $0.65. That means that its growth in general now stands at -6%. Therefore, a prediction of $0.76 given by the analysts brought a negative surprise of -20%. TXT Sep 18 quarter revenue was $3.2 billion, compared to $3.48 billion recorded in same quarter last year, giving it a -8% growth rate. The company’s -$0.28 billion revenue decline that quarter surprised Wall Street and investors will need to consider this as they assess the stock.

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE:MET) shares depreciated -2.95% over the last trading period, taking overall 5-day performance up to -8.69%. TXT’s price now at $41.17 is weaker than the 50-day average of $44.19. Getting the trading period increased to 200 days, the stock price was seen at $45.72 on average. The general public currently hold control of a total of 836.85 million shares, which is the number publicly available for trading. The total of shares that it has issued to investors is 981.53 million. The company’s management holds a total of 0.1%, while institutional investors hold about 79.1% of the remaining shares. TXT share price finished last trade -7.05% below its 20 day simple moving average and its downbeat gap from 200 day simple moving average is -10%, while closing the session with -7.13% distance from 50 day simple moving average.

MetLife, Inc. (MET) shares were last observed trading -25.43% down since January 29, 2018 when the peak of $55.21 was hit. Last month’s price growth of -7.67% puts MET performance for the year now at -18.57%. Consequently, the shares price is trending higher by 4.73%, a 52-week worst price since Oct. 26, 2018. However, it is losing value with -12.57% in the last 6 months. From a technical perspective, it appears more likely that the stock will experience a Bull Run market as a result of the strong support seen recently between $39.5 and $40.33. The immediate resistance area is now $41.8 Williams’s%R (14) for MET moved to 81.75 while the stochastic%K points at 11.1.

MET’s beta is 1.25; meaning investors could reap higher returns, although it also poses higher risks. The company allocated $4.82 per share from its yearly profit to its outstanding shares. Its last reported revenue is $16.4 billion, which was -2% versus $16.78 billion in the corresponding quarter last year. The EPS for Sep 18 quarter came in at $1.38 compared to $1.09 in the year-ago quarter and had represented 27% year-over-year earnings per share growth. MET’s ROA is 0.7%, lower than the 0.84% industry average. Although a more robust percentage would be better, consideration is given to how well peers within the industry performed. Companies within the sector had an ROA of 2.58%.