Why Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (ASNA) shares are suddenly exploding 3.38% today

What just happened? Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) stock value has climbed by nearly 3.38% or (0.02 points) to $0.51 from its previous close of $0.49. 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 1204641 contracts so far this session. ASNA shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 3.93 million shares, but with a 0.18 billion float and a 22.16% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for ASNA stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $1 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 96.08% from where the ASNA share price has been trading recently which is between $0.463 and $0.4934. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $1. Flipping the other side of the coin, an analyst who is fully bullish set a price target as high as $1.

During the recent trading session for Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA), the company witnessed their stock drop by $-0.01 over a week and surge $0.24 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $4.55, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 11/14/18. The recent low of $0.2 stood for a -88.79% since 04/09/19, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 1 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 ASNA is set at $1, a figure which is below the recent 1-year high the stock witnessed.

Looking at the current readings for Ascena Retail Group, Inc., the two-week RSI stands at 74.82. This figure suggests that ASNA stock, for now, is oversold, meaning that the shares are not stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic readings, on the other hand, based on the current ASNA readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 86.58% at this stage. This figure means that ASNA share price today is being oversold.

Technical chart claims that Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (ASNA) would settle between $0.5/share to $0.51/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $0.47 mark, then the market for Ascena Retail Group, Inc. becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $0.45 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the green zone of MACD, with the indicator reading 0.03. 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 Telsey Advisory Group lifted target price for shares of ASNA but were stick to Market Perform recommendation for the stock in their opinion released on June 11. The price target has been raised from $2 to $1. Citigroup analysts bumped their rating on Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) stock from Sell to Neutral in a separate flash note issued to investors on April 03. Analysts at Telsey Advisory Group are sticking to their Market Perform stance. However, on December 11, they lifted price target for these shares to $4 from $5.

ASNA equity has an average rating of 2.5, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 1 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 1 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 0 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. 0 analysts rated Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA) 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, ASNA stock price is currently trading at 0X forward 12-month Consensus EPS estimates, and its P/E ratio is 0 while for the average stock in the same group, the multiple is 23.9. Ascena Retail Group, Inc. current P/B ratio of 0.7 means it is trading at a discount against its industry’s 6.9.

Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (ASNA)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly -17.7% to hit $1.45 billion, based on current consensus estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over -16.5% from $6.58 billion to a noteworthy $5.49 billion. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, Ascena Retail Group, Inc. is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly -57.1% to hit $0.03 per share. For the fiscal year, ASNA’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly -2900% to hit $-0.6 per share.