Does Westrock Company (NYSE:WRK) Have Gas After Even Less Sellers Involved?

The company's revenue for the quarter was up 12.4% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts expect that WestRock Co will post 3.77 EPS for the current fiscal year. The other 11, though not evenly; between analysts who think you should buy WestRock Company versus those who think you should sell it. The stock increased 1.51% or $0.385 during the last trading session, reaching $25.845. The firm is expected to announce its next earnings report on Tuesday, January 23rd. WestRock had 56 analyst reports since July 22, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel.

Media headlines about WestRock (NYSE:WRK) have trended somewhat positive on Wednesday, Accern reports. The basic materials company reported $0.87 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $0.81 by $0.06. The firm has a market cap of $17,389.21, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.05, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.62 and a beta of 1.37. EW comes in with a P/S ratio of 7.63 that's greater than 1, potentially implying that it could be expensive relative to the overall sector (6.56) and its peers (4.18). The business had revenue of $4.06 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.13 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.71 earnings per share.

WRK has been the subject of several recent research reports. Buckingham Research upgraded the shares of WRK in report on Tuesday, August 25 to "Neutral" rating. Barclays Capital has "Equal-Weight" rating and $54 target. Deutsche Bank set a $70.00 price target on shares of WestRock and gave the company a "buy" rating in a report on Thursday, December 14th.

Analyzing recent insider trading activity at WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) is a good way of gaining insight into the stock's performance.

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Among 17 analysts covering WestRock (NYSE:WRK), 10 have Buy rating, 1 Sell and 6 Hold. (NYSE:PFE) has "Hold" rating given on Thursday, October 13 by Jefferies. The stock now has an average rating of "Buy" and an average price target of $66.09. The stock of WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) has "Outperform" rating given on Monday, August 3 by Wells Fargo.

The P/E ratio of 39.2 for Mettler-Toledo International Inc., MTD, provides an insight into the measurement sticks, which compares the company's valuations. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.57, a current ratio of 1.49 and a quick ratio of 0.89. WestRock has a 12 month low of $49.23 and a 12 month high of $68.29. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 93,870 shares of the company's stock, valued at $4,813,653.60. The same analysts have a future one-year price target of $67.60 on the shares. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Jennifer Graham-Johnson sold 7,700 shares of the company's stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $57.86, for a total value of $598,445.98. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 497,557 shares in the company, valued at $29,271,278.31.

Other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. With 1.20 million shares average volume, it will take short sellers 2 days to cover their WRK's short positions. AJO LP now owns 2,782,160 shares of the basic materials company's stock worth $157,637,000 after acquiring an additional 2,761,910 shares during the period. Eqis Capital Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of WestRock by 9.9% in the third quarter.

For the most active stocks in the market, it is highly important to check the outstanding shares of the company. Welch Group LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Westrock Company during the third quarter valued at about $117,000. Northwestern Mutual Investment Management Company LLC now owns 962,436 shares of the basic materials company's stock worth $37,410,000 after purchasing an additional 911,819 shares in the last quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans increased its stake in WestRock by 48.7% in the 2nd quarter.


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