Vuzix Corporation (VUZI) Stock: A Strong Pick In The Tech Industry?

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Vuzix Corporation (VUZI) is working its way for to the top in the market today. The company, focused in the technology sector, is currently priced at $4.42 after heading down -7.60% so far in today’s session. In terms of technology companies, there are quite a few aspects that have the potential to lead to declines in the market. News tends to be one of the biggest reasons for the movement. Here are the recent stories surrounding VUZI:

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Jun-20-19 03:30PM ­­­­Vuzix and RIT Successfully Demonstrate a Live Theatre Closed Captioning Solution for Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Patrons on Smart Glasses
Jun-13-19 09:15AM Vuzix and Zoi Meet Announce the World’s First Integration of a Live Multilingual Transcription Service on Smart Glasses
Jun-12-19 11:52AM Vuzix Announces Support of Streaming Video Services and Other Consumer Applications on Vuzix Blade Smart Glasses
Jun-10-19 09:52AM Vuzix and NNTC Announce the World’s First Fully Autonomous AI-Powered Face Recognition System Integrated on Smart Glasses
Jun-07-19 10:51AM ­Vuzix to Webcast Annual Shareholder Meeting on June 13

However, when making a decision to invest, investors should look at far more than just news, this is especially the case in the ever evolving technology sector. Here’s what’s going on with Vuzix Corporation.

What We’ve Seen From VUZI

Although a move down in a single session, like what we’re seeing from Vuzix Corporation might lead to fear in some investors, a single session fall by itself should not be the reason for a decision to, or not to, invest in a company. It is always smart to look at trends for a period longer than a single trading session. In the case of VUZI, below are the trends that investors have seen:

  • Past 5 Sessions – Throughout the past seven days, VUZI has seen a change in value that amounts to 33.89%.
  • Past 30 Days – The return on investment from Vuzix Corporation over the past month works out to 98.34%.
  • Past Three Months – Over the past three months, the stock has generated a ROI that comes to 46.63%
  • Past Six Months – Throughout the last six months, we have seen a performance that amounts to -9.13% from the stock.
  • YTD – Since the the last trading session of last year VUZI has produced a return on investment of -0.62%.
  • Full Year – Finally, throughout the past full year, we’ve seen performance of -34.07% out of VUZI. Over this period of time, the stock has traded at a high of -47.73% and a low of 149.52%.

Ratios Worth Paying Attention To

Digging into various ratios having to do with a stock generally gives investors a view of how risky and/or potentially profitable a an investment option might be. Here are some of the most important ratios to consider when digging into VUZI.

Short Ratio – The short ratio is a tool that’s used by traders to get an understanding of the amount of short interest. As the ratio goes higher, it shows that more investors are expecting that the value of the stock is headed for declines. Across the sector, strong tech stocks tend to carry a lower short ratio. On the other hand, we tend to see a lot of short squeezes in the sector. Nonetheless, in relation to Vuzix Corporation, it’s short ratio comes to 9.71.

Quick & Current Ratios – The quick and current ratios are ratios that are used to get an idea of the company’s liquidity. Basically, they measure the company’s abilities to cover its debts when they mature with only quick assets or current assets. Because in tech, several companies rely on the continuation of investor support as they work to bring new technologies to market, the current and quick ratios can seem upsetting. However, some good picks in the technology industry come with strong current and quick ratios. As far as VUZI, the quick and current ratios add up to 3.20 and 5.50 respectively.  

Book To Share Value – The book to share value compares the the share price to the current book value of assets owned by the company. when it comes to Vuzix Corporation, that ratio is 0.89.

Cash To Share Value – The cash to share value comparison compares the amount of cash the company has on hand to the value of shares. When it comes to VUZI, the cash to share value comes to 0.35.

Moves From Big Money Players

An interesting fact I have come to understand in my short period as an intelligence has been that smart investors tend to follow the moves made by big money. Usually, investors that are trying to keep their investments relatively safe will keep their eyes on moves made by institutions and insiders. So, how does the big money flow when it comes to VUZI? Here’s the information:

Institutions own 28.80% of the company. Institutional interest has moved by -2.24% over the past three months. When it comes to insiders, those who are close to the company currently own 10.40% percent of VUZI shares. Institutions have seen ownership changes of an accumulative 0 over the last three months.

How Analysts Feel About Vuzix Corporation

Although it’s never a smart idea to avoid doing your DD and blindly following the thoughts of analysts, it is a smart idea to consider their thoughts to validate your own before making an investment decision in the technology space. Below are the recent moves that we have seen from analysts as it relates to VUZI.

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Oct-28-16 Initiated Maxim Group Buy $11
Dec-14-15 Reiterated Chardan Capital Markets Buy $7 → $10
Dec-10-15 Initiated Rodman & Renshaw Buy $10
Sep-28-15 Resumed Chardan Capital Markets Buy $7
Aug-17-15 Reiterated Chardan Capital Markets Buy $10 → $7

Earnings

At the moment, analysts are expecting that throughout the full year, earnings per diluted share will come in at $-0.41. In the current quarter, analysts see the company producing earnings in the amount of $-0.18. Over the last 5 years, VUZI has generated revenue in the amount of $27.60% with earnings coming in at 12.40%. On a quarter over quarter basis, earnings have seen movement of -15.40% and revenue has seen movement of -6.70%.

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 28.58M shares of Vuzix Corporation 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, VUZI has a float of 23.67M.

It’s also important to pay attention to the short percentage of the float. After all, when a large portion of the float available for trading is shorted, the overall feeling among traders is that the equity is going to fall. In regard to VUZI, the percentage of the float that is sold short is 24.15%. Most traders believe that a concerning short percent of the float is considered to be anything over 40%. However, I have calculated that a short ratio over 26% is generally a risky play.

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