Big changes are happening at Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH), which makes the stock worth watching today. The company is among the top gainers of the stock market today, skyrocketing 5.37% or (1.01 points) to $19.81 from its previous close of $18.8. Does this growth mean it the best stock to buy right now? The shares seem to have an active trading volume day with a reported 98603 contracts so far this session. RUTH shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 273.14 thousand shares, but with a 28.02 million float and a -2.84% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for RUTH stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $23 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 16.1% from where the RUTH share price has been trading recently which is between $18.6 and $18.98. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $22. Flipping the other side of the coin, an analyst who is fully bullish set a price target as high as $24.
During the recent trading session for Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH), the company witnessed their stock rise $0.44 over a week and tumble down $-0.39 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $30.59, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 10/18/18. The recent low of $18.6 stood for a -35.26% since 10/10/19, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 0.63 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is less than one, it implies that the stock is more volatile than the market, a data that traders are keeping close attention to. At the moment, the median target price for RUTH is set at $23, a figure which is below the recent 1-year high the stock witnessed.
Looking at the current readings for Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc., the two-week RSI stands at 51.63. This figure suggests that RUTH stock, for now, is neutral, meaning that the shares are stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic readings, on the other hand, based on the current RUTH readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 22.63% at this stage. This figure means that RUTH share price today is being overbought.
Technical chart claims that Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (RUTH) would settle between $18.98/share to $19.17/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $18.6 mark, then the market for Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $18.41 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the red zone of MACD, with the indicator reading -0.27. Traders are always alerted for the move of a stock above or below the zero line due to the fact that the reading is an indicator of the position of the short-term average relative to the long-term average. If the MACD is above the zero line, then the short-term average relative is above that of the long-term average, thus implying an upward momentum. Vice versa is the case if the MACD is below the zero line.
Analysts at Stephens, assumed coverage of RUTH assigning Equal-Weight rating, according to their opinion released on April 18. Raymond James analysts have lowered their rating of Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH) stock from Outperform to Mkt Perform in a separate flash note issued to investors on August 13. Analysts at Raymond James released an upgrade from Mkt Perform to Outperform for the stock, in a research note that dated back to January 29.
RUTH equity has an average rating of 2.63, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 5 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 4 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 1 were split even though not equally. Some analysts rate the stock as a buy or a strong buy while no rated it as a sell. 1 analysts rated Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RUTH) as a buy or a strong buy while not a single analyst advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company’s stock.
Moving on, RUTH stock price is currently trading at 12.84X forward 12-month Consensus EPS estimates, and its P/E ratio is 13.5 while for the average stock in the same group, the multiple is 27.4.
Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. (RUTH)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly 3.8% to hit $102750, based on current consensus estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over 3.5% from $452330 to a noteworthy $467960. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc. is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly -23.1% to hit $0.1 per share. For the fiscal year, RUTH’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly -0.7% to hit $1.38 per share.