Rare Value And Growth Stock Opportunity: Extended Stay America, Inc. (STAY), Univar Inc. (UNVR)

    The shares of Extended Stay America, Inc. (NASDAQ:STAY) has been pegged with a rating of Equal-Weight by Morgan Stanley in its latest research note that was published on August 9th, 2019. The research company has also assigned a $15 price target. Morgan Stanley wasn’t the only research firm that published a report of Extended Stay America, Inc., with other equities research analysts also giving their opinion on the stock. Jefferies advised investors in its research note published on August 8th, 2019, to Hold the STAY stock while also putting a $16 price target. The stock had earned Buy rating from Goldman when it published its report on March 4th, 2019. That day the Goldman set price target on the stock to $21. The stock was given Neutral rating by BofA/Merrill in its report released on October 23rd, 2018. Morgan Stanley was of a view that STAY is Overweight in its latest report on May 31st, 2018. Jefferies thinks that STAY is worth Buy rating. This was contained in the firm’s report on May 31st, 2018 in which the stock’s price target was also moved to $26.

    The consensus currently stands at a Hold while its average price target is $18.55. The price of the stock the last time has raised by 8.07% from its Week high price while it is raised higher than its 52-Week low price. A look at the stock’s other technical shows that its 14-day RSI now stands at 34.93.

    The shares of the company added by 0.94% during the trading session on Wednesday, reaching a low of $13.83 while ending the day at $13.92. During the trading session, a total of 2.77 million shares were traded which represents a -38.65% decline from the average session volume which is 2.00M shares. STAY had ended its last session trading at 13.79. Extended Stay America, Inc. currently has a market cap of $2.62B, while its P/E ratio stands at 24.29, while its P/E earnings growth sits at 2.11, with a beta of 1.12. Extended Stay America, Inc. debt-to-equity ratio currently stands at 2.89, while its quick ratio hovers at . STAY 52-week low price stands at $12.88 while its 52-week high price is $20.65.

    Investment analysts at Berenberg published a research note on April 17th, 2019 where it informed investors and clients that Univar Inc. (NYSE:UNVR) is now rated as Hold. Their price target on the stock stands at $25. Jefferies also rated UNVR as Downgrade on August 8th, 2019, with its price target of $16 suggesting that UNVR could surge by 27.42% from its current share price. Even though the stock has been trading at $18.93/share, analysts expect it to surge higher by 2.38% to reach $26.70/share. It started the day trading at $19.41 and traded between $19.08 and $19.38 throughout the trading session.

    A look at its technical shows that UNVR’s 50-day SMA is 20.45 while its 200-day SMA stands at 21.10. The stock has a high of $31.23 for the year while the low is $16.33. The company’s P/E ratio currently sits at 245.32, while the P/B ratio is 1.85. At the moment, only of Univar Inc. shares were sold short. The company’s average trading volume currently stands at 1.67M shares, which means that the short-interest ratio is just 7.53 days. Over the past seven days, the company moved, with its shift of 7.67%. Looking further, the stock has dropped -10.73% over the past 90 days while it lost -15.33% over the last six months.

    The change in the stock’s fortunes has led to several institutional investors altering their holdings of the stock. TCI Fund Management Ltd bought more UNVR shares, increasing its portfolio by +335.85% during the last quarter. This move now sees TCI Fund Management Ltd purchasing 12,147,398 shares in the last quarter, thus it now holds 15,764,300 shares of UNVR, with a total valuation of $348,706,316. The Vanguard Group Inc meanwhile bought more UNVR shares in the recently filed quarter, changing its stake to $288,589,951 worth of shares.

    Similarly, Fidelity Management Research Co decreased its Univar Inc. shares by -4.36% during the recently filed quarter. After selling -440,478 shares in the last quarter, the firm now controls 9,667,829 shares of Univar Inc. which are valued at $213,852,377. In the same vein, The Baupost Group LLC decreased its Univar Inc. shares by during the most recent reported quarter. The firm sold 0 shares during the quarter which decreased its stakes to 9,500,000 shares and is now valued at $210,140,000. Following these latest developments, around 0.40% of Univar Inc. stocks are owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.