Taking a Fresh Look at Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (LPI)

Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (LPI) 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 $7.93, up from yesterday’s close by 4.76%. 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

Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (LPI) currently trades with a market capitalization of $1.96 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 28.85 % 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 -$114.2 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.26 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 1.28% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

Sometimes, we can understand most about a stock by simply looking at how it has been trading. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Laredo Petroleum, Inc. recorded a 52-week high of $15.15. It is now trading 7.22% off that level. The stock is trading $10.11 its 50-day moving average by 2.18%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $7.49.

In recent action, Laredo Petroleum, Inc. (LPI) has made a move of -28.24% 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 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 10.52% with $160.78 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of LPI.

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