Philip Morris International Inc. (PM): What’s the Story?

Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) is an interesting player in the Consumer Goods space, with a focus on Cigarettes. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $81.04, up from yesterday’s close by 0.19%. 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

Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) currently trades with a market capitalization of $127.20 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 13.72 % 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 $7.84 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $1.28 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.42% 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 PM has been acting. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Philip Morris International Inc. recorded a 52-week high of $123.55. It is now trading 42.51% off that level. The stock is trading $93.26 its 50-day moving average by 12.22%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $79.40.

In recent action, Philip Morris International Inc. (PM) has made a move of -5.37% 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 15.08, 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 0.68% with $1.55 Billion sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of PM.

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