Analysts at Atlantic Equities, assumed coverage of salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM) with Overweight recommendation, according to their opinion released on January 09. Pivotal Research Group analysts bumped their recommendation on CRM stock from Hold to Buy in a separate flash note to investors on January 07. Analysts at BMO Capital Markets are sticking to their Outperform recommendation. However, on November 28, they lifted target price for these shares to $175 from $174. Analysts at BMO Capital Markets, made their first call for the stock with a Outperform rating, according to a research note that dated back to November 28.
By watching the trading activity of corporate insiders, it will become easier to get a sense of salesforce.com, inc. (NYSE:CRM)’s prospects. The earliest insider trade took place on 01/11/2019. Benioff Marc parted with a total of 5 thousand shares of company at average share price of $147.23. The total for the sales was set at $736.15 thousand. After this transaction, the Chairman of the Board & co-CEO account balance stood at 31.75 million shares. The stock grew 0.22 percent since that insider sale. On 01/10/2019, Benioff Marc, Chairman of the Board & co-CEO, sold 5 thousand shares at a price per share of $145.56. This removed 727.8 thousand shares from the insider’s fortune and the stock saw a 1.37 percent rally in value since the news became public. This transaction left 31.75 million shares in the Chairman of the Board & co-CEO account. On 01/10/2019, Director Roos John Victor performed a sale transaction worth $16.41 thousand. This sale at $143.98 each has eliminated 0.11 thousand shares from the insider’s portfolio position. Meanwhile, shares have recorded 2.48 percent increase since the transaction was reported. The insider now is left with 11.84 thousand shares remaining in the account. Hawkins Mark J, who performs the President and CFO job, sold 0.85 thousand shares for $124.27 thousand. The disposal occurred on 01/09/2019 was priced at $146.89 per share. The share price soared 0.45 percent since the reporting date. Hawkins Mark J now left with a stake of 23.5 thousand CRM stock worth $3.47 million after the insider selling.
salesforce.com, inc. (CRM) is expected to jump by 17.4 percent over the next 12 months, according to price target estimates compiled by finviz. Meanwhile, they have set a $189-month high price target. This represents a whopping 28.09 percent increase from where shares are trading today. The 12-month median price target assigned by the analysts stands at $175, which represents a return potential of 18.6 percent when compared to the closing price of the stock of $147.55 on Friday, January 11. The lowest price target for the stock is $139 — slightly more than -5.79 percent from CRM’s current share price.
The shares are currently floating around the first support level of $146.1. Below this, the next support is placed in the zone of $144.64. Till the time, the CRM stock trades above this level, bulls have nothing to fear. On momentum oscillators front, ‘RSI’ has touched 61.91 on daily chart, which may remain a cause for concern. If the price breaks below $144.64 level on closing basis, then we may see more profit booking and the stock may show further weakness. On the flipside, hitting the $148.52 mark may result into a pull-back move towards $149.49 level.
CRM shares accumulated 0.51 points or 0.35 percent on Friday to $147.55 with a light trade volume of 5.183 million shares. After opening the session at $146.56, the shares went as high as $148.0345 and as low as $145.61, the range within which the stock’s price traded throughout the day. The firm is left with a market cap of $112 billion and now has 762.36 million shares outstanding. salesforce.com, inc. (CRM) stock has gained 7.87 percent of market value in 21 trading days.
CRM stock has a trailing 3-year beta of 1.39, offering the possibility of a higher rate of return, but also posing more risk. The portion of a company’s profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock was $1.34 a share in the trailing twelve months. The stock’s value has surged 7.72 percent year to date (YTD) against a rise of 35.62 percent in 12 month’s time. The company’s shares still trade -8.46 percent away from its 1-year high of $161.19 and 44.13 percent up from 52-week low of $102.37. The average consensus rating on the company is 1.7, on a scale where 5 equates to a unanimous sell rating. In short, the mean analyst recommendations are calling this stock a buy.
Shares of salesforce.com, inc. (CRM) are trading at a P/E ratio of 0 times earnings reported for the past 12 months. The industry CRM operates in has an average P/E of 22.47. Its P/E ratio went as low as 308.33X and as high as 308.33 over the 5-year span. Further, it is sporting a 8.98 on the Price-to-Sales ratio. Compare this with the industry average P/S of 3.26. 74.1 percent is the gross profit margin for salesforce.com, inc. and operating margin sits at 3.8 percent. Along with this, the net profit margin is 6.5 percent.