The Case for and Against BB&T Corporation (BBT)

BB&T Corporation (BBT) is an interesting player in the Financial space, with a focus on Regional – Southeast Banks. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $55.31, down from yesterday’s close by -0.32%. 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

BB&T Corporation (BBT) currently trades with a market capitalization of $43.02 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 8.23 % 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 $388 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to hold steady in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.01 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.68% 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, BB&T Corporation recorded a 52-week high of $56.31. It is now trading 1% off that level. The stock is trading $53.34 its 50-day moving average by -1.97%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $41.14.

In recent action, BB&T Corporation (BBT) has made a move of +9.24% 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 14.61, 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 1.49% with $775.48 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of BBT.

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