The Case for and Against Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP)

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) is an interesting player in the Basic Materials space, with a focus on Oil & Gas Pipelines. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $19.56, up from yesterday’s close by 0.46%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) currently trades with a market capitalization of $23.01 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 20.09 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of -$3.36 Billion over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to grow in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $0.2 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.58% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.

Technical Analysis

No analysis is ever complete without a thorough survey of a stock’s technical behavior. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. recorded a 52-week high of $21.68. It is now trading 2.12% off that level. The stock is trading $18.27 its 50-day moving average by -1.29%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $15.06.

In recent action, Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) has made a move of +3.88% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 14.11, and it’s gotten there by action that has been more volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 1.26% with $1.09 Billion sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of ETP.

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