Ulta Beauty, Inc. (ULTA): What’s the Story?

Ulta Beauty, Inc. (ULTA) is an interesting player in the Services space, with a focus on Specialty Retail, Other. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $209.48, down from yesterday’s close by -4.15%. 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

Ulta Beauty, Inc. (ULTA) currently trades with a market capitalization of $12.22 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 18.65 % 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 $210.57 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $2.79 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 5.12% 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 ULTA has been acting. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Ulta Beauty, Inc. recorded a 52-week high of $314.86. It is now trading 105.38% off that level. The stock is trading $225.89 its 50-day moving average by 16.41%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $187.96.

In recent action, Ulta Beauty, Inc. (ULTA) has made a move of -11.73% over the past month, which has come on Strong relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 12.51, 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 5.61% with $57.89 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of ULTA.

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