Taking a Look at the Data Behind Big Lots, Inc. (BIG)

Big Lots, Inc. (BIG) is an interesting player in the Services space, with a focus on Discount, Variety Stores. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $47.36, down from yesterday’s close by -2.25%. 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

Big Lots, Inc. (BIG) currently trades with a market capitalization of $2.21 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 0.48 % 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 $184.7 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.21 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 3.11% 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, Big Lots, Inc. recorded a 52-week high of $64.42. It is now trading 17.06% off that level. The stock is trading $57.36 its 50-day moving average by 10%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $45.10.

In recent action, Big Lots, Inc. (BIG) has made a move of -17.22% 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 17.8, 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 29.61% with $41.56 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of BIG.

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