Drilling Down Into Noble Energy, Inc. (NBL)

Noble Energy, Inc. (NBL) is an interesting player in the Basic Materials space, with a focus on Independent Oil & Gas. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $32.14, up from yesterday’s close by 2.55%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Noble Energy, Inc. (NBL) currently trades with a market capitalization of $15.75 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 5.49 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of -$548 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.02 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 1.48% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

We’ve taken a serious look at this stock from a fundamental perspective, but the tale of the tape may offer more hints about what lies under the surface. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Noble Energy, Inc. recorded a 52-week high of $40.89. It is now trading 8.75% off that level. The stock is trading $27.86 its 50-day moving average by -4.28%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $22.99.

In recent action, Noble Energy, Inc. (NBL) has made a move of +19.70% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 21.04, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 3.28% with $477.66 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of NBL.

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