Value Play Or Value Trap? TripAdvisor, Inc. (TRIP), Banco Santander, S.A. (SAN)

2 analysts out of 23 Wall Street brokerage firms rate TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP) as a Buy, while 6 see it as a Sell. The rest 15 describe it as a Hold. TRIP stock traded higher to an intra-day high of $52.38. At one point in session, its potential discontinued and the price was down to lows at $51.2167. Analysts have set TRIP’s consensus price at $56.33, effectively giving it a 8.93% projection on returns. Should the projected estimates be met, then the stock will likely hit its highest price at $78 (up 50.84% from current price levels). TRIP has a 8.1% ROE, lower than the 11.97% average for the industry. The average ROE for the sector is 13.05%.

It is expected that in Mar 2019 quarter TRIP will have an EPS of $0.17, suggesting a 88.89% growth. For Jun 2019 is projected at $0.34. It means that there could be a 78.95% growth in the quarter. Yearly earnings are expected to rise by 20.95% to about $1.27. As for the coming year, growth will be about 18.11%, lifting earnings to $1.5. RSI after the last trading period was 40.05. TRIP recorded a change of 1.29% over the past week and returned -16.31% over the last three months while the TRIP stock’s monthly performance revealed a shift in price of -14.37%. The year to date (YTD) performance stands at -4.13%, and the bi-yearly performance specified an activity trend of 1.39% while the shares have moved 22.3% for the past 12 months.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (TRIP) currently trades at $51.71, which is lower by -0.81% its previous price. It has a total of 138.52 million outstanding shares, with an ATR of around 1.67. The company’s stock volume dropped to 1.18 million, worse than 2.35 million that represents its 50-day average. A 5-day increase of about 1.29% in its price means TRIP is now -4.13% lower on year-to-date. The shares have surrendered $43165.29 since its $69.00 52-week high price recorded on 8th of November 2018. Overall, it has seen a growth rate of 22.3 over the last 12 months. The current price per share is $14.96 above the 52 week low of $36.75 set on 27th of April 2018.

TripAdvisor, Inc. (NASDAQ:TRIP)’s EPS was $0.27 as reported for the December quarter. In comparison, the same quarter a year ago had an EPS of $0.06. That means that its growth in general now stands at 350%. Therefore, a prediction of $0.3 given by the analysts brought a negative surprise of -10%. TRIP Dec 19 quarter revenue was $346 million, compared to $321 million recorded in same quarter last year, giving it a 8% growth rate. The company’s $25 million revenue growth that quarter surprised Wall Street and investors will need to consider this as they assess the stock.

Banco Santander, S.A. (NYSE:SAN) shares appreciated 0.41% over the last trading period, taking overall 5-day performance up to 4.76%. SAN’s price now at $4.84 is greater than the 50-day average of $4.75. Getting the trading period increased to 200 days, the stock price was seen at $4.99 on average. The general public currently hold control of a total of 16.13 billion shares, which is the number publicly available for trading. The total of shares that it has issued to investors is 16.45 billion. The company’s management holds a total of 21%, while institutional investors hold about 1.9% of the remaining shares. SAN share price finished last trade 2.69% above its 20 day simple moving average and its downbeat gap from 200 day simple moving average is -2.72%, while closing the session with 1.96% distance from 50 day simple moving average.

Banco Santander, S.A. (SAN) shares were last observed trading -28.44% down since April 23, 2018 when the peak of $6.76 was hit. Last month’s price growth of 6.61% puts SAN performance for the year now at 8.04%. Consequently, the shares price is trending higher by 14.96%, a 52-week worst price since Dec. 26, 2018. However, it is losing value with -1.01% in the last 6 months. From a technical perspective, it appears more likely that the stock will experience a Bull Run market as a result of the strong support seen recently between $4.79 and $4.82. The immediate resistance area is now $4.88 Williams’s %R (14) for SAN moved to 23.13 while the stochastic %K points at 62.31.