Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) Biggest Gainer of the Day: What’s really happening

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (NYSE:SQM) is 0.76 points higher today and the only thing that matters is where they go from here. You simply have to look deeper than the share price and explore the fundamentals and future growth potential. The stock value has climbed by nearly 3.21% to $24.46 from its previous close of $23.7. 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 274475 contracts so far this session. SQM shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 779.99 thousand shares, but with a 44.54 million float and a 1.24% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for SQM stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $30.55 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 24.9% from where the SQM share price has been trading recently which is between $23.15 and $23.895. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $23. Flipping the other side of the coin, an analyst who is fully bullish set a price target as high as $47.

During the recent trading session for Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (NYSE:SQM), the company witnessed their stock rise $1.39 over a week and tumble down $-3.51 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $45.38, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 02/25/19. The recent low of $22.71 stood for a -47.17% since 08/23/19, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 1.12 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is greater 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 SQM is set at $31, a figure which is below the recent 1-year high the stock witnessed.

Looking at the current readings for Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A., the two-week RSI stands at 46.8. This figure suggests that SQM 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 SQM readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 43.89% at this stage. This figure means that SQM share price today is being neutral.

Technical chart claims that Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM) would settle between $24.01/share to $24.33/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $23.27 mark, then the market for Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $22.84 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the green zone of MACD, with the indicator reading 0.32. 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 JP Morgan lowered their recommendation on shares of SQM from Neutral to Underweight in their opinion released on August 22. Morgan Stanley analysts bumped their rating on Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (NYSE:SQM) stock from Underweight to Equal-Weight in a separate flash note issued to investors on July 12. Analysts at BMO Capital Markets lowered the stock to a Market Perform call from its previous Outperform recommendation, in a research note that dated back to May 24.

SQM equity has an average rating of 3, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 10 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 6 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 4 were split even though not equally. Some analysts rate the stock as a buy or a strong buy while others rated it as a sell. 2 analysts rated Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (NYSE:SQM) as a buy or a strong buy while 2 advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company’s stock.

Moving on, SQM stock price is currently trading at 18.74X forward 12-month Consensus EPS estimates, and its P/E ratio is 19.6 while for the average stock in the same group, the multiple is 27.5. Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. current P/B ratio of 3 means it is trading at a premium against its industry’s 1.5.

Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. (SQM)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly -11.9% to hit $498000, based on current consensus estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over -12.2% from $2.27 billion to a noteworthy $1.99 billion. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile S.A. is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly -39% to hit $0.25 per share. For the fiscal year, SQM’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly -34.1% to hit $1.1 per share.