How Does LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (LYB) Stack Up Right Now?

LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (LYB) is an interesting player in the Basic Materials space, with a focus on Specialty Chemicals. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $110.32, down from yesterday’s close by -0.76%. 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

LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (LYB) currently trades with a market capitalization of $43.85 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 15.63 % 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 $3.73 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $2.54 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.62% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

No analysis is ever complete without a thorough survey of a stock’s technical behavior. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, LyondellBasell Industries N.V. recorded a 52-week high of $111.47. It is now trading 1.15% off that level. The stock is trading $105.07 its 50-day moving average by -5.25%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $78.01.

In recent action, LyondellBasell Industries N.V. (LYB) has made a move of +5.37% 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 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 3.51% with $315.89 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of LYB.

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