Why investors aren’t freaking out about Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (LW), Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL)

5 analysts out of 6 Wall Street brokerage firms rate Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LW) as a Buy, while 0 see it as a Sell. The rest 1 describe it as a Hold. LW stock traded higher to an intra-day high of $61.51. At one point in session, its potential discontinued and the price was down to lows at $60.65. Analysts have set LW’s consensus price at $83.17, effectively giving it a 35.88% projection on returns. Should the projected estimates be met, then the stock will likely hit its highest price at $88 (up 43.77% from current price levels). LW has a -227.2% ROE, lower than the 12.07% average for the industry. The average ROE for the sector is 66.53%.

It is expected that in May 2019 quarter LW will have an EPS of $0.72, suggesting a 10.77% growth. For Aug 2019 is projected at $0.8. It means that there could be a 9.59% growth in the quarter. Yearly earnings are expected to rise by 20.3% to about $3.2. As for the coming year, growth will be about 7.19%, lifting earnings to $3.43. RSI after the last trading period was 37.39. LW recorded a change of -1.89% over the past week and returned -10.24% over the last three months while the LW stock’s monthly performance revealed a shift in price of -8.67%. The year to date (YTD) performance stands at -16.79%, and the bi-yearly performance specified an activity trend of -18.57% while the shares have moved -6.82% for the past 12 months.

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (LW) currently trades at $61.21, which is lower by -0.26% its previous price. It has a total of 149.63 million outstanding shares, with an ATR of around 1.34. The company’s stock volume dropped to 1.13 million, worse than 1.82 million that represents its 50-day average. A 5-day decrease of about -1.89% in its price means LW is now -16.79% lower on year-to-date. The shares have surrendered $43554.79 since its $83.86 52-week high price recorded on 14th of November 2018. Overall, it has seen a growth rate of -6.82 over the last 12 months. The current price per share is $2.05 above the 52 week low of $59.16 set on 31st of May 2019.

Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:LW)’s EPS was $0.95 as reported for the February quarter. In comparison, the same quarter a year ago had an EPS of $0.91. That means that its growth in general now stands at 4%. Therefore, a prediction of $0.82 given by the analysts brought a positive surprise of 16%. LW February quarter revenue was $926.8 million, compared to $863.4 million recorded in same quarter last year, giving it a 7% growth rate. The company’s $63.4 million revenue growth that quarter surprised Wall Street and investors will need to consider this as they assess the stock.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) shares appreciated 3.41% over the last trading period, taking overall 5-day performance up to -7.12%. WLL’s price now at $16.69 is weaker than the 50-day average of $23.95. Getting the trading period increased to 200 days, the stock price was seen at $31.16 on average. The general public currently hold control of a total of 90.57 million shares, which is the number publicly available for trading. The total of shares that it has issued to investors is 92 million. The company’s management holds a total of 0.5%, while institutional investors hold about 0% of the remaining shares. WLL share price finished last trade -15.9% below its 20 day simple moving average and its downbeat gap from 200 day simple moving average is -46.71%, while closing the session with -30.92% distance from 50 day simple moving average.

Whiting Petroleum Corporation (WLL) shares were last observed trading -70.44% down since June 22, 2018 when the peak of $56.47 was hit. Last month’s price growth of -29.79% puts WLL performance for the year now at -26.44%. Consequently, the shares price is trending higher by 4.02%, a 52-week worst price since Jun. 12, 2019. However, it is losing value with -44.01% 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 $16.06 and $16.38. The immediate resistance area is now $16.89 Williams’s %R (14) for WLL moved to 83.69 while the stochastic %K points at 7.01.

WLL’s beta is 3.02; meaning investors could reap higher returns, although it also poses higher risks. The company allocated $2.81 per share from its yearly profit to its outstanding shares. Its last reported revenue is $389.49 million, which was -24% versus $515.08 million in the corresponding quarter last year. The EPS for Mar 19 quarter came in at $-0.16 compared to $0.92 in the year-ago quarter and had represented -117% year-over-year earnings per share growth. WLL’s ROA is 3.4%, higher than the 0.77% 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 9.04%.

Estimated quarterly earnings for Whiting Petroleum Corporation (NYSE:WLL) are around $0.48 per share in three months through June with $0.59 also the estimate for September quarter of the fiscal year. It means the growth is estimated at -22.58% and -35.87%, respectively. Analysts estimate full-year growth to be -30.28%, the target being $1.52 a share. The upcoming year will see an increase in growth by percentage to 79.61%, more likely to see it hit the $2.73 per share. The firm’s current profit margin over the past 12 months is 13.2%. WLL ranks higher in comparison to an average of -239.13% for industry peers; while the average for the sector is -11.96%.