Value Play Or Value Trap? CNO Financial Group, Inc. (CNO), Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH)

3 analysts out of 8 Wall Street brokerage firms rate CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CNO) as a Buy, while 0 see it as a Sell. The rest 5 describe it as a Hold. CNO stock traded higher to an intra-day high of $16.28. At one point in session, its potential discontinued and the price was down to lows at $16.08. Analysts have set CNO’s consensus price at $19.5, effectively giving it a 20.89% projection on returns. Should the projected estimates be met, then the stock will likely hit its highest price at $22 (up 36.39% from current price levels).

It is expected that in Jun 2019 quarter CNO will have an EPS of $0.5, suggesting a 2.04% growth. For Sep 2019 is projected at $0.55. It means that there could be a 3.77% growth in the quarter. Yearly earnings are expected to rise by 10.38% to about $2.02. As for the coming year, growth will be about 13.86%, lifting earnings to $2.3. RSI after the last trading period was 44.51. CNO recorded a change of -0.92% over the past week and returned -2.48% over the last three months while the CNO stock’s monthly performance revealed a shift in price of -2.6%. The year to date (YTD) performance stands at 8.4%, and the bi-yearly performance specified an activity trend of -0.12% while the shares have moved -18.86% for the past 12 months.

CNO Financial Group, Inc. (CNO) currently trades at $16.13, which is higher by 0.44% its previous price. It has a total of 160.99 million outstanding shares, with an ATR of around 0.37. The company’s stock volume dropped to 1.27 million, worse than 956.8 thousands that represents its 50-day average. A 5-day decrease of about -0.92% in its price means CNO is now 8.4% higher on year-to-date. The shares had marked a $22.54 52-week high price and the 52 week low of $13.64. Overall, it has seen a growth rate of -18.86 over the last 12 months.

CNO Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE:CNO)’s EPS was $0.41 as reported for the March quarter. In comparison, the same quarter a year ago had an EPS of $0.36. That means that its growth in general now stands at 14%. Therefore, a prediction of $0.45 given by the analysts brought a negative surprise of -9%. CNO March quarter revenue was $1.02 billion, compared to $1.01 billion recorded in same quarter last year, giving it a 2% growth rate. The company’s $0.01 billion revenue growth that quarter surprised Wall Street and investors will need to consider this as they assess the stock.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:NCLH) shares depreciated -0.22% over the last trading period, taking overall 5-day performance up to 3.43%. NCLH’s price now at $53.72 is weaker than the 50-day average of $56.25. Getting the trading period increased to 200 days, the stock price was seen at $52.22 on average. The general public currently hold control of a total of 209.97 million shares, which is the number publicly available for trading. The total of shares that it has issued to investors is 212.73 million. The company’s management holds a total of 0.7%, while institutional investors hold about 0% of the remaining shares. NCLH share price finished last trade -2.16% below its 20 day simple moving average and its upbeat gap from 200 day simple moving average is 2.89%, while closing the session with -4.6% distance from 50 day simple moving average.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NCLH) shares were last observed trading -10.03% down since April 17, 2019 when the peak of $59.71 was hit. Last month’s price growth of -4.58% puts NCLH performance for the year now at 26.73%. Consequently, the shares price is trending higher by 36.48%, a 52-week worst price since Dec. 26, 2018. However, it is regaining value with 13.74% 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 $52.9 and $53.31. The immediate resistance area is now $54.02 Williams’s %R (14) for NCLH moved to 47.68 while the stochastic %K points at 49.22.

NCLH’s beta is 1.74; meaning investors could reap higher returns, although it also poses higher risks. The company allocated $4.36 per share from its yearly profit to its outstanding shares. Its last reported revenue is $1.4 billion, which was 9% versus $1.29 billion in the corresponding quarter last year. The EPS for Mar 19 quarter came in at $0.83 compared to $0.6 in the year-ago quarter and had represented 38% year-over-year earnings per share growth. NCLH’s ROA is 6.3%, higher than the 2.63% 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 7.03%.

Estimated quarterly earnings for Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. (NYSE:NCLH) are around $1.32 per share in three months through June with $2.42 also the estimate for September quarter of the fiscal year. It means the growth is estimated at 9.09% and 6.61%, respectively. Analysts estimate full-year growth to be 9.55%, the target being $5.39 a share. The upcoming year will see an increase in growth by percentage to 12.24%, more likely to see it hit the $6.05 per share. The firm’s current profit margin over the past 12 months is 15.7%. NCLH ranks higher in comparison to an average of 8.59% for industry peers; while the average for the sector is 9.12%.