2 Stocks Making Case For Big Gains: East West Bancorp, Inc. (EWBC), International Paper Company (IP)

11 analysts out of 13 Wall Street brokerage firms rate East West Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EWBC) as a Buy, while 0 see it as a Sell. The rest 2 describe it as a Hold. EWBC stock traded higher to an intra-day high of $44.45. At one point in session, its potential discontinued and the price was down to lows at $43.375. Analysts have set EWBC’s consensus price at $62, effectively giving it a 41.68% projection on returns. Should the projected estimates be met, then the stock will likely hit its highest price at $73 (up 66.82% from current price levels).

It is expected that in Jun 2019 quarter EWBC will have an EPS of $1.25, suggesting a 5.93% growth. For Sep 2019 is projected at $1.27. It means that there could be a 8.55% growth in the quarter. Yearly earnings are expected to rise by 6.87% to about $4.98. As for the coming year, growth will be about 6.22%, lifting earnings to $5.29. RSI after the last trading period was 38.08. EWBC recorded a change of -2.08% over the past week and returned -17.03% over the last three months while the EWBC stock’s monthly performance revealed a shift in price of -8.53%. The year to date (YTD) performance stands at 0.53%, and the bi-yearly performance specified an activity trend of -4.56% while the shares have moved -38.25% for the past 12 months.

East West Bancorp, Inc. (EWBC) currently trades at $43.76, which is higher by 0.6% its previous price. It has a total of 147.06 million outstanding shares, with an ATR of around 1.32. The company’s stock volume dropped to 1.38 million, worse than 914.14 thousands that represents its 50-day average. A 5-day decrease of about -2.08% in its price means EWBC is now 0.53% higher on year-to-date. The shares had marked a $71.45 52-week high price and the 52 week low of $40.05. Overall, it has seen a growth rate of -38.25 over the last 12 months.

East West Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:EWBC)’s EPS was $1.16 as reported for the March quarter. In comparison, the same quarter a year ago had an EPS of $1.13. That means that its growth in general now stands at 3%. Therefore, a prediction of $1.22 given by the analysts brought a negative surprise of -5%. EWBC March quarter revenue was $362.46 million, compared to $326.69 million recorded in same quarter last year, giving it a 11% growth rate. The company’s $35.77 million revenue growth that quarter surprised Wall Street and investors will need to consider this as they assess the stock.

International Paper Company (NYSE:IP) shares appreciated 0.92% over the last trading period, taking overall 5-day performance up to -1.61%. The general public currently hold control of a total of 396.23 million shares, which is the number publicly available for trading. The total of shares that it has issued to investors is 400.5 million. The company’s management holds a total of 0.3%, while institutional investors hold about 84.5% of the remaining shares. IP share price finished last trade 0.78% above its 20 day simple moving average and its downbeat gap from 200 day simple moving average is -4.41%, while closing the session with -2.56% distance from 50 day simple moving average.

IP’s beta is 1.55; meaning investors could reap higher returns, although it also poses higher risks. The company allocated $4.19 per share from its yearly profit to its outstanding shares. Its last reported revenue is $5.64 billion, which was 0% versus $5.62 billion in the corresponding quarter last year. The EPS for Mar 19 quarter came in at $1.11 compared to $0.94 in the year-ago quarter and had represented 18% year-over-year earnings per share growth. IP’s ROA is 5%, lower than the 5.35% 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 8.76%.

Estimated quarterly earnings for International Paper Company (NYSE:IP) are around $1.05 per share in three months through June with $1.47 also the estimate for September quarter of the fiscal year. It means the growth is estimated at -11.76% and -5.77%, respectively. Analysts estimate full-year growth to be -3.2%, the target being $5.15 a share. The upcoming year will see an increase in growth by percentage to -0.78%, more likely to see it hit the $5.11 per share. The firm’s current profit margin over the past 12 months is 7.3%. IP ranks lower in comparison to an average of 7.64% for industry peers; while the average for the sector is 7.36%.