The Case for and Against 3M Company (MMM)

3M Company (MMM) is an interesting player in the Industrial Goods space, with a focus on Diversified Machinery. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $214.33, down from yesterday’s close by -1.22%. 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

3M Company (MMM) currently trades with a market capitalization of $131.32 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 9.02 % 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 $4.87 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $2.52 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.31% 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, 3M Company recorded a 52-week high of $259.77. It is now trading 45.44% off that level. The stock is trading $230.46 its 50-day moving average by 16.13%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $188.62.

In recent action, 3M Company (MMM) has made a move of -9.78% 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 14.08, 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 1.32% with $593.18 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of MMM.

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