Just the Facts on Rowan Companies plc (RDC)

Rowan Companies plc (RDC) is an interesting player in the Basic Materials space, with a focus on Oil & Gas Drilling & Exploration. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $12.51, up from yesterday’s close by 1.96%. 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

Rowan Companies plc (RDC) currently trades with a market capitalization of $1.58 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been falling by -23.14 % 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 $345.3 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of -$0.31 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 3.97% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.



Technical Analysis

It’s important to check the technicals to get a sense of how RDC has been acting. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Rowan Companies plc recorded a 52-week high of $19.01. It is now trading 6.5% off that level. The stock is trading $15.00 its 50-day moving average by 2.49%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $9.02.

In recent action, Rowan Companies plc (RDC) has made a move of -24.46% 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 13.35, 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 13.39% with $125.54 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of RDC.

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