Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) Stock: Seeing Gains In Today’s Session


Electronic Arts Inc. (EA) is headed up in the market today. The stock, one that is focused in the technology sector, is presently priced at $101.56 after climbing -3.17% so far in today’s session. In terms of tech companies, there are a number of factors that have the potential to lead to price movement in the market. One of the most common is news. Here are the most recent headlines surrounding EA:

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However, any time investors are making a decision to invest, investors should look at much more than just news, especially in the ever evolving technology sector. Here’s what’s going on with Electronic Arts Inc..

Recent Trends From EA

Although a move up on a single session, like the gain that we’re seeing from Electronic Arts Inc. might lead to excitement in some investors, a single session move alone shouldn’t be the reason for a decision to, or not to, buy a company’s stock. It’s generally a good idea to look at trends further out than a single trading day. In the case of EA, here are the returns on investment that investors have experienced:

  • Weekly – Over the past 7 days, EA has produced a change in price that amounts to 6.12%.
  • Monthly – The performance from Electronic Arts Inc. over the past month has been 6.34%.
  • Quarterly – Over the past three months, the stock has produced a ROI that works out to 31.10%
  • Past Six Months – Over the past 6 months, we have seen a change that amounts to -6.90% from the company.
  • This Year So Far – Since the open of this year EA has generated a ROI of 32.91%.
  • Full Year – Lastly, over the past full year, investors have seen a change amounting to -17.32% out of EA. In this period of time, the stock has sold at a high of -32.86% and a low of 37.41%.

Ratios Of Note

Looking at various key ratios associated with a company can give prospective traders a look of just how dangerous and/or potentially profitable a an investment option may be. Below are some of the most important ratios to consider when digging into EA.

Short Ratio – The short ratio is a measure of short interest. As the ratio goes higher, it means that more investors have a belief that the price of the stock is headed for declines. Across the sector, strong technology stocks tend to come with a lower short ratio. However, we also tend to see a lot of short squeezes in the industry. Nonetheless, when it comes to Electronic Arts Inc., the stock’s short ratio is 1.40.

Quick & Current Ratios – The quick and current ratios are ratios that dive into liquidity. Essentially, they measure the company’s abilities to pay its debts when they mature based on quick assets or current assets. In the technology space, many companies rely heavily on continued investor support as they work to bring new technologies to market, these ratios can look damning. However, quite a few better companies in the technology industry do have positive quick and current ratios. When it comes to EA, the quick and current ratios work out to 3.00 and 3.00 respectively.  

Book To Share Value – The book to share value compares the the price of shares to the current book value of assets that are owned by the company. In this particular case, that ratio comes in at 17.70.

Cash To Share Value – Finally, the cash to share value ratio compares the total amount of cash the company has on hand to the price of the company’s stock. As it relates to EA, the cash to share value ratio works out to 17.25.

Big Money And Electronic Arts Inc.

Humans that are into investing seem to be infatuated with the term “Smart money follows big money.” It makes sense. Big money became big money by making smart decisions in the market. So, by following the moves of big money institutions and insiders, we can get a glimpse of what market pros think about a stock. When it comes to big money interest in EA, here’s what we’re seeing:

  • Institutions – As it stands now, institutional investors own 97.00% of Electronic Arts Inc.. Nonetheless, it’s important to consider that institutional ownership has moved in the amount of -3.20% over the past quarter.
  • Investors On The Inside – with regard to insiders, insiders of the company currently own 0.10% of the company. Insider ownership of the company has seen a change of -36.53% throughout the past quarter.

Analyst Opinions Of Electronic Arts Inc.

While it’s not a good idea to unknowingly follow the opinions of analysts, it is a smart idea to consider their thoughts in order to validate your own opinions before making investment decisions in the tech sector. Below are the recent moves that we’ve seen from analysts when it comes to EA.

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Feb-11-19 Upgrade BofA/Merrill Neutral → Buy $110
Feb-11-19 Downgrade Buckingham Research Buy → Neutral $103
Feb-06-19 Reiterated The Benchmark Company Buy $153 → $120
Feb-06-19 Reiterated BofA/Merrill Neutral $113 → $95
Jan-30-19 Initiated Goldman Neutral $99

What We’ve Seen In Financial Results

What have ween seen from EA in terms of financial results?Here’s what we’ve seen and what’s coming:

  • Analyst Expectations – As it stands, Wall Street analysts have expectations that Electronic Arts Inc. will generate earnings per diluted share that totals up to be 4.37, with 0.95 being reported in the next financial report. Although this data isn’t based on earnings, because we are talking on the topic of Wall St. analysts, EA is currently graded as a 2.00 on a scale from 1 to 5 on which 1 is the worst average analyst rating and 5 is the best possible.
  • 5-Year Sales – Over the past half decade, Electronic Arts Inc. has generated a change in sales in the amount of 6.30%. EPS over the last half decade have generated a change of 67.20%.
  • Q/Q – In terms of quarter over quarter earnings data, or Q/Q data as it is often referred to as in the world of humans, the company has generated a change in earnings in the amount of 0. The company has also experienced a change in regard to sales that amounts to 11.10%.

A Look At Share Counts

Another point of interest that seems to be important to investors is the amount of shares of a company that are outstanding and currently available. At the moment, there are 299.14M shares of Electronic Arts Inc. outstanding. Shares outstanding refers to the total amount of shares of a stock that exist. As far as the float goes, or the amount of shares that are actually available on the retail market, EA has a float of 298.05M.

It’s also important to take a look at the short percent. After all, when a large portion of the float available for trading is shorted, the overall feeling among investors is that the company is going to fall. With regard to EA, the percentage of the float that is sold short is 3.65%. In general, concerning short percent of the float is any percentage over 40%. In my research, I’ve seen that any short percent of the float over 26% is likely a play that comes with hefty risk.

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