The Case for and Against SunTrust Banks, Inc. (STI)

SunTrust Banks, Inc. (STI) is an interesting player in the Financial space, with a focus on Money Center Banks. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $67.45, up from yesterday’s close by 0.10%. 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

SunTrust Banks, Inc. (STI) currently trades with a market capitalization of $32.40 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 9.85 % 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 $2.17 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.11 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 29.09% 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 STI has been acting. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, SunTrust Banks, Inc. recorded a 52-week high of $73.37. It is now trading 5.92% off that level. The stock is trading $69.30 its 50-day moving average by 1.85%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $51.96.

In recent action, SunTrust Banks, Inc. (STI) has made a move of -5.70% 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 13.41, 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 2.14% with $466.68 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of STI.

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