Deere & Company (DE): From Top to Bottom

Deere & Company (DE) is an interesting player in the Industrial Goods space, with a focus on Farm & Construction Machinery. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $156.51, down from yesterday’s close by -0.75%. 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

Deere & Company (DE) currently trades with a market capitalization of $50.67 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 22.98 % 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 -$392.3 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.18 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.77% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

As most professionals know, technical analysis can offer critical insights into what smart money and insiders think about a stock’s prospects going forward. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Deere & Company recorded a 52-week high of $159.10. It is now trading 2.59% off that level. The stock is trading $142.99 its 50-day moving average by -13.52%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $102.78.

In recent action, Deere & Company (DE) has made a move of +4.44% 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 19.03, and it’s gotten there by action that has been less 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 2.91% with $320.34 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of DE.

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