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 $205.03, up from yesterday’s close by 0.79%. 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 $122.26 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 7.72 % 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 $4.01 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $2.59 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

We’ve taken a serious look at this stock from a fundamental perspective, but the tale of the tape may offer more hints about what lies under the surface. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, 3M Company recorded a 52-week high of $259.77. It is now trading 54.74% off that level. The stock is trading $217.62 its 50-day moving average by 12.59%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $191.44.

In recent action, 3M Company (MMM) has made a move of -5.26% 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 12.84, 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 1.20% with $588.77 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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